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Jose Romero, 39

Jose Romero, a 39-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police on Sunday, Sept. 4, in the 1600 block of Obispo Avenue in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

The incident began about 9:15 p.m. when police received a call from a man who said he was armed with a handgun and wanted to commit "suicide by cop," according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department. 

Police used a helicopter to find the man in the area, and officers determined he had "something in his hands," police said.

Police officers, including a mental-evaluation officer, were adjusting their position to better negotiate with the man about 10:15 p.m. when the man "charged at officers," the police statement said.

Police opened fire . It's unclear how many officers shot at the man.

The shooting was partly captured on video by OnScene.TV, showing police firing multiple times at the man after he approached officers with his arms extended. The man appeared to fall face-first onto the pavement. 

Paramedics attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead. 

No police officers were injured in the shooting, which is under investigation by the Police Department's homicide detectives and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

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