Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has released store security footage that captured the moment an armed robbery suspect was confronted by police inside a 7-Eleven store (video below).
LBPD detectives had been tracking a Nissan Maxima that had been involved in a string of robberies in the area, according to the Press-Telegram.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, the detectives were following the suspect vehicle when it pulled off at a 7-Eleven store in the 5100-block of East Pacific Coast Highway.
A masked suspect, later identified as 18-year-old Michael Griffin, jumped out of the passenger seat of the car and ran into the business armed with a handgun, police said.
Security footage showed Griffin as he pointed a gun at the store clerk.
Two customers were standing between the suspect and the clerk at the time.
The detectives rushed into the store behind him and ordered him to drop his weapon, but Griffin refused and turned towards the officers with the gun in his hand, according to the video release.
Two of the detectives fired at the armed suspect, who died of his wounds at the scene.
“One of the victims inside the 7-Eleven at the time of the robbery-in-progress was likely struck by a ricochet from an officer’s firearm,” the LBPD said in a statement, according to the Press-Telegram. “The ricochet resulted in minor injuries to the male adult victim’s upper torso. He was treated by the Long Beach Fire Department on scene.”
Investigators later determined that the weapon Griffin used during the robbery was a BB gun.
The driver of the suspect vehicle, 22-year-old Devontae Moore, was arrested on charges of attempted burglary, attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and seven counts of robbery, the Press-Telegram reported.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The detectives who shot Griffin are still on active duty, a LBPD spokesperson told the Long Beach Post.
The department and the district attorney’s office are reviewing the case to determine whether or not the detectives’ use of deadly force was justified.
You can watch security footage of the detectives’ encounter with Griffin in the video below: