Cops Shoot Man Who Refused To Drop Gun in Long Beach, California

Long Beach, California — On Feb. 6, 2021, at approximately 9:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Magnolia Avenue and 14th Street regarding a call of a person with a gun, which resulted in an officer involved shooting. Officers responded within minutes due to five recent shootings that occurred in a five block radius since January 1st. Arriving officers located the suspect later identified as 26-year old Anthony Loia walking northbound who matched the detailed description provided by the calling parties.

Officers observed Loia with a firearm on the west side of a park, still brandishing his firearm. Officers gave multiple commands for Loia to drop his firearm, Loia refused, and an officer involved shooting occurred. Officers immediately rendered aid until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived on scene and determined the suspect deceased. The preliminary investigation revealed Loia was walking in the area pointing a firearm at multiple passing vehicles and at least four different victims. A firearm was recovered at the scene. No victims sustained any injuries. It was determined five officers were involved and the officers did not sustain any injuries.

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