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Long Beach police kill man after gun battle [UPDATED]

May 3, 2009 |  5:31 pm

[Updated at 2 p.m. May 4: A previous version of this post said the neighborhood where the shooting occurred was on Long Beach's east side. Chestnut Avenue and 12th Street are on the west side.]

Long Beach police shot and killed a man early today after a running gun battle with officers in a west-side neighborhood, officials said.

Police responded to a dispute between a man and a woman in the 1100 block of Chestnut Avenue about 2:30 a.m., but left after they were unable to determine if a crime had been committed, said Long Beach Police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani.

After being called back to the residence about 3:45 a.m., officers entered and began investigating. They emerged an hour later to find a man standing in the middle of the street and shooting at them, Massacani said.

Police returned fire, and the suspect ran north on Chestnut Avenue, then turned east onto 12th Street. He hid near the mouth of an alley, firing multiple shots at an assisting patrol car that had just arrived on the scene, Massacani said.

As the suspect started to move again, he was struck by police gunfire at least once. He was pronounced dead on Cedar Avenue, just north of 12th Street.

No other injuries were reported, and no residences were hit.

"We were just extremely lucky," Massacani said. "It wasn’t like a standoff situation; it was very fluid."

Two handguns and a shotgun were recovered at the crime scene. The name and age of the victim were not given.

-- Corina Knoll

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