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Man killed after firing on Long Beach officers, police say

February 21, 2013 |  6:27 am

Long Beach police shot and killed a man suspected of stealing a vehicle after he allegedly opened fire on officers early Thursday, officials said.

California Highway Patrol officers chased the vehicle -- apparently stolen from a Redondo Beach home -- into Long Beach but lost sight of him as he exited the southbound 405 at Studebaker Road about 1 a.m., Long Beach police Officer Marlene Arrona told KTLA-TV.

Long Beach officers spotted the vehicle shortly after, prompting a second chase that ended when the suspect crashed into a home in the 6400 block of Keynote Street, Arrona said.

"The suspect pointed a handgun at the officers, shot at the officers, and an officer-involved shooting occurred," Arrona told the TV station.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

No officers were hurt in the incident, officials said. Keynote Street was expected to be closed for several hours as investigators remained on scene.


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Photo: Investigators at the scene in Long Beach where a man suspected of stealing a white BMW was killed by police after allegedly producing a weapon at the end of a pursuit. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times