A man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from a shootout he allegedly initiated with police, in which a Long Beach police officer was struck by gunfire from a fellow officer.

A Long Beach officer was injured in a Sunday night shooting . Photo courtesy of OnSceneTV

Eric Arroyo, 31, of Long Beach is charged with two felony counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with a firearm upon a peace officer. The criminal complaint also alleges that Arroyo personally and intentionally discharged a firearm.

Arroyo allegedly fired at a uniformed police officer in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 3000 block of East Artesia Boulevard in North Long Beach as officers responded shortly after 9 p.m. June 14 to a call of shots heard in the area.

Three officers returned fire, according to police.

The injured officer and Arroyo suffered what were described by police as “non-life-threatening” wounds in the shootout.

The injured officer underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Police announced June 16 that the bullet recovered from the injured officer came from another officer who was returning fire at Arroyo, and that an examination of ballistic evidence showed that a round collected from the wall directly behind the injured officer came from the suspect’s gun.

Police said they think the evidence will show that Arroyo fired at more than one officer at the scene before being subdued.

Arroyo, who is jailed in lieu of $3 million bail, could face up to 80 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

— City News Service

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