A person who sustained minor injuries inside a 7-Eleven store during the fatal officer-involved shooting of a suspect in Long Beach was likely struck by a ricochet of a shot fired by police, authorities said Friday.
The shooting that occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the 5100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway took the life of an 18-year-old man who was carrying a BB gun that resembled an actual firearm, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
The dead suspect, identified as Jordan Michael Griffin of Long Beach, had been wanted in connection with a series of robberies, police said.
No officers were injured. Police had originally reported none of the three people who were in the store had been injured when Griffin was shot.
Detectives were conducting surveillance of a Nissan Altima believed to have been used in several robberies earlier in the week when they saw Griffin get out of the car and walk into the convenience store, police said.
“Detectives proceeded to enter the business and directed the suspect to drop his firearm multiples times,” according to a police statement. “The suspect failed to comply, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
It turned out Griffin was holding a gas cartridge-powered BB gun that simulated a real firearm, police said.
Life-saving measures were performed on Griffin until Long Beach Fire Department paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.
Devontae Moore, 22, of Long Beach — who police say was inside the parked Nissan — was then arrested and booked on suspicion of robbery.
Moore was being held at the North County Detention Center in Castaic in lieu of $450,000 bail, according to sheriff’s inmate records. In addition to being accused of robbery and attempted robbery and burglary, he is also facing allegations of assault with a deadly weapon, police said, adding that Moore’s case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.