Are Long Beach Police Going After a Record? Three Officer-Involved Shootings in Five Days
A man in the middle of a narcotics investigation was shot to death Thursday evening by a plainclothes cop in Long Beach, where the police department has logged three officer-involved shootings in five days that have now left two suspects no more.
Don't know if they keep records for such things, but it seems as if LBPD wound be a contender.
Here are the shootings in reverse order, based on police reports and City News Service coverage:
- Complaints about drug dealing led the plainclothes officer to the 2300 block of East 17th Street around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, when he was confronted by a man who punched the cop. That prompted the lawman to identify himself as police and draw his weapon. When the attacker reached for his waistband, the unidentified cop opened fire. A metal bat was recovered from the waistband of the unidentified suspect, who later died at the hospital.
- Erick Balint, 32, was shot and killed by Long Beach police at the end of a running gun battle in Carson Wednesday morning.
- Greg Treadway, 49, allegedly pointed a handgun at officers in Belmont Heights Sunday and was shot and wounded.
As is protocol in officer-involved shootings, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and the county Office of Independent Review are investigating each incident.