• Matt Esnayra

Woman Fatally Shot by Long Beach Police After She Allegedly Pointed a Rifle at Officers

Long Beach Police shot and killed a woman after she allegedly pointed a rifle at officers early, while they responded to a call regarding a man who appeared to have had a heart attack and a woman who was threatening to kill herself, authorities said.


Both Long Beach police and fire departments responded to the 2800 block of Golden Avenue at about 5:15 a.m., concerning an emergency call about a man who appeared to be having a heart attack and a woman who was threatening suicide. When officers arrived at the home, they noticed a large amount of blood and were confronted by a woman with a rifle.

  • Police tried to get her out of the home and surrender, but she did not respond, police said.

  • Police say they attempted to de-escalate the situation with the gun-toting woman, but when the woman aimed her rifle at them. That's when the police opened fire.

  • The situation went sideways after police entered the residence and found "a large amount of blood" and a dead man with a "laceration to his neck."

  • Both the woman and the man were determined to be dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death, identify the decedents, and notify their next of kin.

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