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Long Beach police shoot and kill man waving knife in arcade

Looff's Lite-A-Line in the 2500 block of Long Beach Boulevard was closed after police shot and killed a man who was waving a knife inside the business in December 2015.

Looff’s Lite-A-Line in the 2500 block of Long Beach Boulevard was closed after police shot and killed a man who was waving a knife inside the business in December 2015.

A Long Beach police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man at an arcade business Monday night after police were unable to subdue him using less lethal devices, authorities said.

Police arrived just before 10 p.m. at Looffs Lite-A-Line in the 2500 block of Long Beach Boulevard following reports of a man waving a knife inside, Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson said. Several customers feared for their safety and left the business.

Officers asked the man to drop the knife, but he ignored them, Johnson said.

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Two officers tried to subdue the man with an electronic control device and a baton, Johnson said, but the efforts were ineffective.

One of the two officers fired shots and struck the man, who was pronounced dead when Long Beach firefighters arrived, Johnson said.

The 39-year-old man has not been identified, according to Ed Winter, a spokesman of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

No officers or other customers were hurt during the shooting.

The arcade shop remained closed through the night as detectives investigated.

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