LBPD shoots & kills an armed man on a roof
Updated: Jul 11
The man involved in an hours-long standoff on an apartment roof Saturday died after LBPD officers fired upon him for allegedly aiming a gun at them, police say.
At roughly 11:10 a.m., officers arrived at the 1100 block of East 17th Street concerning an armed individual who was in a confrontation, according to LBPD spokesperson Paige White.
When officers arrived, they watched a man “in his 30s to 40s, standing on a roof holding what appeared to be a firearm,” later identified as 42-year-old Jaime Rodriguez, per ABC 7.
After attempting to de-escalate the situation,” officers established a perimeter, and activated the LBPD’s SWAT team.
Police shut down traffic on 17 Street and told nearby residents to either evacuate or shelter in place.
At some point, officers fired a rubber bullet at the man, but it wasn’t effective.
Police say about 20 minutes after they fired the rubber bullet, officers witnessed the suspect aiming a “firearm at officers,” and fired upon him with “their handguns and an AR-15 patrol rifle.”
Police say the man “continued to manipulate the firearm in his hand and refused to follow multiple commands to drop the firearm.”
The man became motionless, and once SWAT officers climbed to the roof, they provided medical aid. Long Beach Fire personnel pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.
Police learned Rodriguez assaulted someone and attempted to carjack a driver before officers arrived on scene. One person was hurt and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The initial reports were that a man armed with a rifle was on top of an apartment building.
According to police dispatch, the suspect had a gun ‘within fingertips,’ and was lying on the ground.
After police climbed onto the roof at 1 p.m., the suspect, as described in police dispatch, was motionless, moving, and one officer asked for sandbags for a tarp to cover the body.
Editor’s Note: We have updated this story to include information provided by the LBPD and a ABC 7 report.