Martin Rene Hurtado, 21
Martin Rene Hurtado, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed after an incident with Long Beach Police officers Thursday, March 10, near East 68th Street and Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Officers were patrolling in the area about 6:23 p.m., as part of the department’s new focus on removing guns from city streets, when “they observed a vehicle code violation,” according to a department news release. The violation was not described.
The vehicle began driving through the neighborhood in a “suspicious and evasive manner,” according to the release. As the officers were preparing to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle suddenly stopped in the middle of Long Beach Boulevard and a passenger later identified as Hurtado jumped out of the car and ran east.
The officers gave chase into an alley near 68th Street and Orcutt Avenue, about a block away. “As the suspect entered the alley, he produced a firearm, refused to drop it and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” according to the news release.
Hurtado was shot in the upper torso, and officers began providing CPR immediately after the shooting, according to the release.
Hurtado was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. The driver of the vehicle has not been found, and investigators are not releasing a description of the driver or vehicle, according to the release.
Spokeswoman Marlene Arrona said the department would not provide more details outside of the release.
The department’s homicide division is investigating the shooting, and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is conducting its own independent investigation, as it does with all officer-involved shootings.
The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified, and the number of officers involved in the shooting has not been released.
Anyone with information 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.