Update: Signal Hill PD officer critically injured when the suspect rammed the dealership gate
A Signal Hill Police Officer sustained life-threatening injuries after a burglary suspect drove a stolen SUV through a gate at a car dealership early Tuesday morning, police say.
LBPD Homicide detectives were dispatched at 7:00 a.m. to the Buick GMC car dealership located on the 2800 block of Cherry Avenue in Signal Hill to support SHPD with a burglary investigation.
From the scene: Police allege that the suspect broke into the dealership on foot and climbed a fence to enter a secured area where he gained access to an SUV. When police arrived, the suspect started to flee from the dealership in the stolen car, driving wildly, striking several objects, including a car, and then crashing through the gate, critically injuring an SHPD officer.
The suspect then fled the scene heading westbound on 28th street towards Cherry.
At around 8:25 a.m., the LBPD located the SUV after receiving a call regarding a single-vehicle collision at the 6700 block of Gaviota that would later match the stolen vehicle's registration number.
The suspect deserted the vehicle and was detained just before 9:00 a.m., in the area of Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue.
The identity of the officer is not being released at this time. However, he is a four year veteran of the SHPD currently assigned to patrol and is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.
Update: LBPD Homicide detectives identified the subject in police custody as 25-year-old Ricky Allison of Long Beach. Detectives gathered significant evidence linking Allison to the violent assault on the Signal Hill Police officer. Allison has been charged and is currently being held in the Long Beach City jail without bail:
Grand Theft Auto
Outstanding Warrant – Grand Theft Auto
Outstanding Warrant – Tamper with vehicle
Outstanding Warrant – Petty Theft
Violation of Post Release Community Supervision