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Man suspected of killing Long Beach woman wounded in confrontation with police in Woodland Hills

May 10, 2010 |  1:50 pm

The suspect who allegedly shot and killed a woman in Long Beach early Monday was shot and hospitalized after a confrontation with Los Angeles police in front of a Best Buy in Woodland Hills, authorities said.

It was unclear whether the suspect, who remained unidentified, had opened fire on police, said Det. Gus Villanueva, an LAPD spokesman.

Police did fire at the suspect, said Villanueva, but it could not be immediately confirmed whether it was police fire that hit him. A weapon was found at the scene, the spokesman said.

The suspect’s condition was not known.

“We are fairly certain it’s the same suspect involved in the Long Beach shooting,” said Long Beach Police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani.

Early Monday, a woman believed to have been abducted from a condo on West Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach was found dead in a nearby parking structure. Police said they suspect a family dispute is to blame.

Officers searched the condo, where a child was found, but did not locate a suspect. The relationship between the suspect and the victim is unclear.

“Everybody at home was accounted for, no one else was hurt,” said Massacani.”

The suspect was initially spotted driving a rental car at about 11 a.m., said Sgt. Maureen Geller, of Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga division.

-- Ching-Ching Ni and Patrick McDonnell

Photo: Long Beach Police K-9 officers search the parking structure of the Camden Harbor View Apartment Homes located between Seaside Way and the 200 block of West Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach where a woman was fatally shot Monday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times