Suspect in three crimes committed suicide after a SWAT standoff
Long Beach, California – A suspect in three crimes took his own life on Friday after a standoff with a police SWAT team in Carson.
The name of the 29-year-old Long Beach suspect who succumbed to his injuries in a hospital has not been released by authorities.
According to the Long Beach Police Department, officers were sent to the 200 block of E. 57th Street around 7 p.m. for a report of gunshots fired.
The suspect wounded three people in the shootings. All of them took place within a 15-minute period.
One of the victims was an eyewitness who was shot while the suspect carjacked a woman in the 100 block of East 55th Street. According to the police report, the woman was still inside her car when the suspect entered it.
A police statement said that “the suspect then kidnapped the female adult carjacking victim, forcing her to drive her car with him as passenger away from the area.”
Officers were able to track down the vehicle in Carson in the 21600 block of Alameda Street. After establishing a perimeter around the location, officers were able to make contact with the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside a church with the carjacking victim and several other people.
The carjacking victim was able to escape from the premises without being injured.
During the process of their negotiations with the suspect, SWAT negotiators heard shots fired inside the church and decided to enter. They found the suspect suffering from self-inflicted wounds and took him to a hospital where he died.
The other people that were with him inside the church were not injured.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding all of the incidents.