LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Officials have identified the 26-year-old man officers shot Thursday at Long Beach City College after he reportedly pointed a gun at officers.
Travis Brown has been treated at a hospital and booked for a parole violation, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
The shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. when officers spotted four people arguing in a parking lot at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Highway campus.
When officers approached, Brown reportedly ran from them onto the campus toward the automotive classrooms.
Ignoring officers’ commands to stop, the suspect pulled a handgun out of his backpack and ran into an auto shop.
Brown reportedly ran through the classroom, pointing the gun at an officer, until the policeman shot the suspect in the lower body.
Stu Mundel, reporting in Sky9, said that even after being shot, “the suspect reportedly fought with officers.”
No officers were injured.
School President Eloy Oakley told reporters the incident rattled some.
“It’s always a very scary thing when you hear about a suspect and a weapon,” Oakley said. “But fortunately, and gratefully so, no one else was injured. The officer did his job and apprehended the suspect.”
Police said there were 6-10 people in the classroom at the time of the shooting, but no one else was struck.
Counselors would be available to speak with students returning to summer session classes on Monday, school officials said.
A handgun was recovered at the scene.
Police could not be immediately reached to elaborate on Brown’s criminal history. He was in custody Friday on a no-bail hold.
It was the second officer-involved shooting in Long Beach this year.
Police ask that anyone who witnessed what happened to call them at (562) 570-7244.
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