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Long Beach slaying suspect wounded in shootout with police

April 19, 2012 |  8:33 am


A man was shot and critically wounded by Long Beach police early Thursday after he fatally shot another man and fired on officers, authorities said.

Officers went to a gas station near Pacific Coast Highway and Pacific Avenue after hearing gunshots just after midnight and saw one man on the ground and another man walking away, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani.

As the police cruiser came to a stop, the second man opened fire on the vehicle, hitting the windshield and hood.

Both officers returned fire and wounded the suspect, who is in his 30s, Massacani said.

The first victim, a man in his 60s, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The suspect was also taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Their names were not released. Investigators have yet to discover a motive in the initial shooting.


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