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Man booked on attempted murder charge in code inspector's shooting

July 6, 2012 |  1:49 pm

Long Beach police move in on barricaded man

Anthony Gorospe, the man suspected of shooting a code enforcement inspector and at police officers during a seven-hour standoff, was booked early Friday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Gorospe is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to the department.

The shooting occurred about 8 a.m. Thursday when code enforcement officers arrived with police backup to serve an inspection warrant at what was described as a "blighted residence" in the 6100 block of John Avenue, Long Beach police said.

As the group stood in front of the house, the man allegedly fired a shot from inside, wounding an inspector in the head. The injury was not life-threatening and the officer is expected to recover.

Police said the man allegedly fired several shot throughout the standoff, at one point telling officers to shoot him.

SWAT officers eventually used tear gas to force the man out from the house. By 2:43 p.m. Gorospe exited the home and began to walk away, ignoring orders from officers to halt. He was tackled by a police dog and taken into custody. Authorities said he was treated for a dog bite.

Neighbors described the man as caring and helpful. But they said his home and yard were filled with junk and other items and that he had received several notices from the city to clean up the property.


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Photo: Police move in to capture a man who was barricaded at his Long Beach home on Thursday. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times