Long Beach police fatally shoot man who allegedly refused to drop gun

Long Beach police fatally shot a man Thursday night who allegedly refused to drop a firearm, authorities said.

The incident began about 6:30 p.m., when officers spotted a vehicle that was "acting in a suspicious and evasive manner" near 68th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, said Marlene Arrona, a spokeswoman for the police department.

The car stopped in the middle of Long Beach Boulevard, and a man inside left the car and fled on foot away from police, Arrona said.

Officers chased the man about two blocks to an alley near 68th Street and Orcutt Avenue. In the alley, the man allegedly brandished a firearm and did not drop it, Arrona said.

After the man was shot, officers provided medical aid and he was later taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His identity was not released. 

Investigators found a gun at the scene. No officers were injured in the shooting, Arrona said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Long Beach police homicide unit at (562) 570-7244.

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