Update: Police Shoot, Kill Suspected Burglar

Authorities say a man suspected of burglarizing a Redondo Beach home died after he and Long Beach police exchanged gunfire.

A man suspected of stealing a white BMW during a burglary at a Redondo Beach home was killed by Long Beach police Thursday morning after firing at officers at the end of a vehicle chase, authorities said.

The burglary, which occurred in the 1600 block of Morgan Lane in North Redondo Beach, was reported shortly after midnight on Thursday, according to Sgt. Shawn Freeman of the Redondo Beach Police Department. The theft was discovered when the residents came home and found the car missing. The keys were stolen from inside the house.

California Highway Patrol officers chased the suspect from Redondo Beach into Long Beach shortly before 1 a.m. but lost sight of him as he exited the southbound 405 (San Diego) Freeway at Studebaker Road, Long Beach police spokeswoman Marlene Arrona said.

Minutes later, Long Beach police spotted the vehicle and gave chase, she said.

The suspect crashed into a garage in the 6400 block of Keynote Street near Hackett Avenue and was killed in an officer-involved shooting after he brandished a gun and fired on police, Arrona said.

The suspect, who Long Beach police Sgt. Dave Marander described as a
young man, was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured, Marander said.

Redondo Beach police are still investigating the burglary.

—Editor Nicole Mooradian contributed to this report.

John B. Greet April 10, 2013 at 07:55 PM
"LBPD have earned their "trigger happy" reputation." Interesting. On what basis, other than your anecdotal personal perceptions, do you make this claim? What studies have you conducted and/or reviewed? Have you any idea how many times LBPD officers have used less than lethal force (or no physical force at all) when lethal force would have been authorized? Have you compared that figure to the number of uses of lethal force and determined some sort of verifiable ratio between the two and which then supports your claim to any degree? Or, as I suspect is most likely the case, are your personal anecdotal perceptions based solely upon various news stories you have become aware of over the years. Stories which tend only to be printed about the small minority of incidents during which LBPD actually deploys deadly force, rather than the vast majority of incidents when it does not?
Donna Burns April 11, 2013 at 01:14 AM
No one here (at least not me) are condemning cops in general...but, the ones who aren't so law enforcing/law abiding are the topic, and deserve to be !
John B. Greet April 11, 2013 at 05:32 AM
"...the ones who aren't so law enforcing/law abiding are the topic, and deserve to be!" The topic, here, *was* the Redondo Beach burglar and car thief that CHP and LBPD chased and who LBPD shot and killed after he fired upon them at the end of the pursuit. *That* was the topic until Ruehle and others decided to inject other incidents by other police departments into the discussion. All police misconduct is wrong and should be fully investigated and, where proven, punished to the fullest extent the law allows. I have never once said otherwise.
Mary Chase May 09, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I base this on personal witnessing of 2 completely unrelated incidents that did not involve me or anyone I know, but I was a witness to what was done by the LBPD and the other person. It doesn't matter to me the statistics of LBPD not using lethal force unnecessarily. What matters more is when they DO use lethal force on unarmed persons, then proceed to intimidate all witnesses by threatening them with arrest if they don't leave the area. People who have a right to be walking on the sidewalk and not interfering. Yes, I've seen it and experienced it. Make excuses for them now.
John B. Greet May 11, 2013 at 04:04 AM
So based only upon your anecdotal personal perceptions. Thanks. I never attempt to make excuses for actual police officer misconduct. There is no excuse for it and I am among the strongest critics of actual police misconduct that you are ever likely to find. Still, two incidents of personal observation seem insufficient for the sweeping condemnation you offered here. Do you have any idea how many documented law-enforcement activities LBPD engages in every 24-hour period? Thousands. Between calls for service and self-initiated activities, LBPD officers are some of the busiest cops among comparably-sized cities. The average LBPD officer handles hundreds of law enforcement-related calls during his or her shift. Even one instance of police officer misconduct is one too many, but when compared to the amount of non misconduct-related activity in Long Beach, the instances of proven misconduct can be measured in hundredths of a percentage point.


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