Photo of Suspect's Weapon
Examination of ballistic evidence from the June 14, 2015, officer involved shooting has shown a round collected from the wall directly behind the injured officer came from the suspect’s gun. The bullet recovered from the injured officer came from a different officer who was returning fire at the suspect. Additional ballistic evidence exists and is still being evaluated; however, at this time, we believe that evidence shows the suspect fired at more than one officer on scene. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Long Beach detectives will present a case with two charges of attempt murder of a police officer to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.
Original News Release (6/15/2015):
An officer involved shooting occurred on Sunday, June 14, 2015. About 9:06 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to a call of shots heard in the area of the 3000 block of East Artesia Boulevard. The preliminary investigation revealed the following:
- Initially, the female caller reported that shots had been fired and that the suspect was nearby. The line disconnected and the dispatcher called her back and learned the suspect was still on scene with a gun.
- The first officer arrive on scene within a minute of the call being dispatched and was flagged down by the caller. The woman was screaming for help hysterically while pulling on the patrol car door handle. She told officers that a male suspect had fired a gun within an apartment complex nearby.
- Additional officers arrived and developed a plan to enter the complex to look for any victims or evidence of a shooting.
- After they entered the complex, the suspect exited one of the apartment units and began shooting at a uniformed police officer in the courtyard.
- Three officers returned fire at the suspect.
- One officer and the suspect both sustained gunshot injuries.
- The suspect left the complex and dropped his weapon. The weapon was later recovered by officers. (See above photo of suspect’s weapon)
- Despite being shot, the suspect resisted officers and an electronic control device was deployed to take him into custody.
- A second officer sustained minor injuries when the suspect was taken into custody.
- The officer and the suspect who sustained gunshot wounds were transported to local hospitals. Their injuries were considered non-life threatening.
- The suspect is being identified as 31-year-old Eric Arroyo of Long Beach. He was booked for attempt murder of a police officer and remains hospitalized.
The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Crimes Against Police Officers Unit, this week, for filing consideration.
The Long Beach Police Department thoroughly reviews all use of force incidents through a rigorous multi-step process that evaluates legal, policy, tactical, and equipment issues.
The Justice System Integrity Division, which is a separate unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury of death.
The Long Beach Homicide Detail investigates all officer involved shootings. This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org