An officer with the Long Beach Police Department shot and injured a man last night in what started as a traffic stop. According to LBPD, an officer--whose name is being witheld in accordance with the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights--was driving his patrol car near Atlantic Avenue and E. 51st Street, when he encountered a speeding car. The officer started to pull the car over, when it suddenly stopped and the driver ran out. When the officer shouted at the driver to stop running, the driver allegedly pulled out a handgun. The officer shot the suspect in his lower torso. The 26-year-old suspect/victim is currently in the hospital, in stable condition, facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, ex-felon with a firearm and gang enhancements.
It's the fourth officer-involved shooting of the year for the Long Beach Police Department.
Earlier this month, officers shot and killed an out-of-control pitbull.
On April 19, officers shot and injured a homicide suspect who fired at their patrol car.
And just before the New Year, on December 31, officers shot and injured a suspect who was allegedly running towards them with a gun.
Historical data regarding officer involved shootings in Long Beach was not immediately available.