UPDATED: Police said Tuesday that the suspect was a male Asian who pulled up next to a plain clothes police detective and began using gang signs. The suspect fled the area in a light colored BMW traveling northbound on Orange Avenue.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.
LONG BEACH — A detective opened fire after a male in a vehicle brandished a handgun at him Monday in North Long Beach, according to a police spokesman.
The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. on Orange Avenue near Banner Drive in a residential area of apartments and single-family homes.
Police were still searching for the vehicle and its occupants, who fled northwest, but provided few details.
There was no indication that the suspect fired at the officer, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton, a Long Beach Police Department spokesman. He said he didn't know whether the detective hit one of the suspects.
"It will take time to develop the pieces and get it together," he said.
Multiple bullet casings littered the west side of Orange Avenue between Ford and Dodge pickup trucks as police investigated the scene.
A handful of residents gathered on the surrounding streets to observe the police, who had roped off several blocks of the street.
Anthony Washington, 50, said he has lived in the neighborhood for five years without hearing shots.
"I guess my record still stands because I didn't hear these either," said Washington.
Anyone with information is asked to call police detectives at 562-570-7244.