A woman police said pointed a rifle at officers attempting to persuade her to surrender was shot and killed by Long Beach officers before sunrise Friday.
Officers and Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded to a residence in the 2800 block of Golden Avenue, about two blocks north of Willow Street, about 5:15 a.m. on reports of a man who appeared to have suffered a heart attack and a woman threatening suicide, according to a Long Beach Police Department statement.
Officers entered the residence and noticed a large amount of blood before being confronted with a woman armed with a rifle, police said. The officers left the residence, formed a perimeter and made repeated attempts to persuade the woman into surrendering.
The woman went at the door of the residence and officers made further attempts to get her to surrender, according to the statement. Officers said the woman pointed the rifle at them and they shot her.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured in the shooting.
Officers entered the residence and located the man on a bedroom floor with a “serious laceration” to his neck, police said. He was also pronounced dead at the scene, though investigators do not know how we was wounded.
The names of the man and woman were not released. Investigators believe the two knew each other, but no further details were made available.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Mark Mattia and Juan Carlos Reyes at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
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