LONG BEACH, Calif. – 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 unnamed woman 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, according to authorities.
The shots missed the man, allowing him to escape, but riddled a truck in the driveway. He was able to call police, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Long Beach Police Department
Long Beach Police Department arrived minutes later and confronted the gun-toting woman. She ignored commands to drop her weapon. Worse yet, she pointed the firearm at officers, according to the statement.
As a result of the suspects actions, officers defended themselves by shooting the woman to counter her aggression. The suspect was provided medical aid 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 fired at the dangerous suspect.
Victim is off-duty CHP officer
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. However, ABC7 in Los Angeles said the victim was an off-duty CHP officer.
Suspect worked as personal trainer
ABC7 also identified the suspect as Michelle Rice, a personal trainer at a local gym.
A nearby resident described her observations of the dramatic crime.
“It sounded like about eight, nine pops in a row . . . and, like I said, my husband thought it was fireworks but I knew what fireworks sound like and I was like, ‘That’s not fireworks,'” neighbor Amy Anderson said.
— John Gregory (@abc7johngregory) June 8, 2017
Police recovered a handgun at the scene according to the tweet from John Gregory, ABC7. It is undisclosed whether it belonged to the suspect or her boyfriend. No one else was injured, according to the release.
(Photo: John Gregory Twitter)