Woman shot at CHP employee, pointed gun at officers before fatal police shooting in Long Beach

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted officers to shoot.


A woman opened fire on her boyfriend and pointed a gun at Long Beach police before she was fatally shot by officers early Thursday morning, authorities said.

The woman, who was not identified, had been arguing with her boyfriend shortly before midnight at a residence near Studebaker Road and East Spring Street, the department said in a statement. As he left the area, she fired shots in his direction, authorities said.

For the record:

5:39 a.m. March 25, 2023An previous version of this article described Chris O’Quinn as an assistant chief with the California Highway Patrol. His correct rank is chief.

The shots missed, and he escaped and called police. Officers arrived minutes later and confronted the woman, who was still armed. She ignored commands to drop her weapon and pointed a handgun at the officers, according to the statement.


The woman was shot, and officers tried to provide medical assistance at the scene, according to the statement. Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived shortly, and the woman was pronounced dead, police said.

It was not clear how many officers responded or how many opened fire.

The woman’s boyfriend was identified as a California Highway Patrol employee, according to Marlene Arrona, a Long Beach police spokeswoman. Arrona declined to say whether he was a sworn officer or a civilian employee of the CHP.

Chief Chris O’Quinn, who leads the CHP’s Southern Division, said he was barred from commenting because the man is a victim of domestic violence.

Police recovered a weapon at the scene. No one else was injured, according to the release.

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5:50 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about the incident from Long Beach police.

1:05 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn.

12:10 p.m.: This article was updated with additional information about the man with the woman who was fatally shot.

This article was originally published at 6:20 a.m.