Police Shooting in Long Beach Under Investigation, Suspect in Custody


LONG BEACH (CNS) - A 26-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home in Long Beach after he fired a gun as officers responded to reports of an assault, prompting officers to fire their weapons, was in custody today.

Officers responded about 11:05 p.m. Wednesday to the 100 block of West 52nd Street and found a man who said his neighbor had pointed a gun at him during an argument, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Additional officers in the area spotted the suspect -- identified as Jaime Lopez-Pinzon Jr. of Long Beach -- exiting a residence and firing two shots with a rifle. Two officers believed they were being shot at and fired their weapons, but no one was hit, the department said.

Lopez-Pinzon retreated into a house, and officers learned there was a woman and a girl inside the residence.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and officers evacuated nearby residents, police said.

Lopez-Pinzon walked out of the home wearing body armor after about two hours of negotiation with officers and surrendered, the department said. The two other occupants also exited the residence and were unharmed.

A loaded rifle was retrieved from the residence.

No officers or civilians were injured.

The officers involved in the shooting were equipped with body cameras and the department will review the footage.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact Long Beach Police homicide Detectives Donald Collier and Leticia Gamboa at 562-570-7244 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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