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Death of man shot by Long Beach police is ruled a homicide

December 16, 2010 |  1:53 pm

Map shows location of Sunday's police-involved shooting in purple, as well nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.The death of a 35-year-old Long Beach man shot by police officers was ruled a homicide by coroner's officials on Thursday.

Douglas Zerby suffered multiple gunshot wounds when Long Beach police officers shot at him Sunday, believing the water nozzle he was holding was a gun, according to authorities. He was carrying the metal-tipped object, grabbed it with two hands and pointed it at them, authorities said.

The coroner's definition of a homicide means that it was a death at the hands of another. It does not necessarily mean that a crime was committed. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, but a complete report will not be available for another two weeks, said Ed Winter, a coroner's spokesman.

Winter did not have a complete count of the gunshot wounds or where they were located in Zerby's body.

Zerby's family has retained an attorney and plans to reveal the results of their independent investigation into the shooting on Friday.


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Map: Shows location of Sunday's police-involved shooting in purple, as well as 50 other homicides in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report