Barry Prak, 27
Barry Prak, a 27-year-old Asian man, was shot and killed by a Long Beach police officer Tuesday, June 28, in the 2800 block of East 15th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Prak was a suspect in a Jan. 26, 2014, gang shooting in Long Beach that injured three men, according to a Long Beach Police Department news release. Investigators got a warrant for Prak’s arrest in April.
Around 9 a.m. on June 28, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force requested assistance from Long Beach police after they spotted Prak and tried to arrest him in the area of 16th Street and Temple Avenue, the news release said.
Prak allegedly ran from the marshals, who pursued him on foot to an apartment on East 15th Street.
“The suspect was considered armed and dangerous,” according to the news release, so the department brought out its SWAT Team.
Officers surrounded the apartment and evacuated nearby residences, then SWAT officers ordered Prak to come out, according to the release.
Prak came outside, according to the release, “but failed to comply with the officers’ verbal commands.” The release did not specify what the officers ordered Prak to do.
Prak charged aggressively at officers, the release said, and they fired a 40mm rubber baton round and unleashed a police dog named Credo to try to subdue Prak.
As the police dog attacked him, Prak pulled out a knife and continued to advance, according to the release.
“One of the officers discharged his weapon to protect himself and the other officers from the suspect,” according to the release. “Both the suspect and Credo were struck by gunfire.”
Prak was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:01 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds, according to coroner’s records.
Credo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he died. Credo was the second canine partner of Officer Mike Parcells to die in the line of duty, according to the department.
A serrated knife was found at the scene of the shooting, according to the news release.
The name of the shooting officer has not been released.
More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for Prak on Wednesday, June 29, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.
Friends said during the vigil that Prak had been an activist in 2013, advocating for the parents of his friend, Sokha Hor, to be able to see their son in the hospital after he was shot by Long Beach Police officers on Jan. 7, 2013.
Hor was a burglary suspect who was shot after allegedly pointing a gun at officers who were trying to arrest him, the Press-Telegram reported.
Hor survived his injuries, pleaded no contest to two counts of assault involving a semiautomatic firearm, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on July 11, 2013, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
The Long Beach Police Department is investigating Prak’s fatal shooting. Anyone with information, include videos or eye-witness accounts, is asked to call the department’s Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.