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Long Beach experiences its fourth officer involved shooting of the year

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Long Beach harbour, California.

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.