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A suspect suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds as the result of an Officer Involved Shooting.

On Oct. 31, 2021 at approximately 1:04 a.m., officers were dispatched after gunshots were heard in the 1900 block of Harbor Avenue.

The first arriving officer located a man on the west sidewalk who pointed a weapon in the direction of the officer, that appeared to be a firearm.

An officer drew his duty weapon and fired at the suspect, wounding him.

Officers immediately rendered aid until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the lower body.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the firearm is a CO2-powered paintball pistol which was recovered at the scene.

The suspect later told officers he was suicidal. All officers were equipped with body worn cameras and the department is in the process of reviewing the footage.

The suspect is identified as a 28-year-old male resident of Long Beach.

As with all officer-involved shooting incidents, the Department will be conducting a full and thorough multi-level review of the incident. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation of the incident, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that result in injury or death.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, we urge you to please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Ethan Shear and Jose Rodriguez at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.