• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach police shoot man suspected of sticking up a grocery store

A Bellflower man was wounded after being shot by Long Beach police, who claim he robbed a grocery store in Signal Hill.


The incident occurred Sunday night, at about 10:43 p.m when Signal Hill police received an emergency call concerning a stickup at a grocery store located on the 1600 block of East Willow Street. As police arrived at the scene, people were "pointing at a vehicle that was driving out of the grocery store parking lot."

  • SHPD began pursuit of the suspect after police attempted to contact the driver.

  • Long Beach police became involved after LBPD officers came upon a two-car crash with one of the vehicles matching the suspect's vehicle description.

  • LBPD claims the suspect fled from the crash, and as officers approached him, they "noticed a firearm in the suspect's front right pant pocket," during the attempted arrest, an officer shot the suspect.

  • It's unknown if the suspect fired his weapon, he was taken to the hospital, and police say a loaded firearm was recovered at the scene.


The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Bellflower resident Leonides Enriquez.

  • Enriquez was charged for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Police say he is currently under medical care at a local hospital while being held on $35,000 bail.

  • Detectives anticipate presenting their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office later this week for filing consideration.

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