|Image via Wikipedia|
|Above is a famous "Derringer" pistol.|
Below is the water nozzle Doug Zerby was
holding when he was shot by LB Police Officers.
Would you be confused if you were a
Police Officer at the scene?
Tell me your thoughts. Hit my comment section.
|Long Beach Police display "water nozzle" that they said looked like|
a gun Doug Zerby was pointing at Officers and neighbors.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
Long Beach, CA
I wanted to update the community about the officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of well known Long Beach resident Doug Zerby on Sunday.
The investigation is still "ongoing." Many of Doug's friends are demanding more answers and for more accountability from within the Long Beach Police Department. Also released, was a photo of the now famous "water hose nozzle" that Zerby was allegedly pointing at police officers when they arrived on the scene at an Ocean Boulevard apartment complex on Sunday night. I also posted a photo of a Derringer "six shooter." Would you confuse the two if you were a trained member of the Long Beach Police Department, standing at a close distance? Also, no "official" report from the Coroner's Office, and the case is now being formally investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Keep you posted....
BTW...This information is preliminary and has not been completely verified. It is based in part on hearsay and is intended for early information use rather than being a formal investigative report.
From the Long Beach PD
"On Sunday, December 12, 2010, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the 5300 block of East Ocean Boulevard regarding a report of a person with a gun call that resulted in an officer involved shooting and the death of a male adult.
Two people inside the calling party's residence could see a man on the porch landing with a gun, which was described as a "six shooter."
When the initial officers arrived, they confirmed that the subject appeared to be armed with a handgun. They positioned themselves so they could watch the suspect while waiting for additional officers/resources, including the Air Support Unit and Mental Evaluation Team. For everyone’s safety, the officers did not immediately contact the subject to allow time for those resources to arrive and lock down the area, to prevent the subject from escaping the location while armed.
|Victim Doug Zerby|
As additional units and resources were responding, the subject pointed what officers believed was a handgun at the apartment building. The subject continued to manipulate this object, which made noises similar to a handgun.
As the subject was in a seated position, he used a two handed pistol grip hold of the object with his arms fully extended, consistent with the behavior of someone about to discharge a firearm. When the subject pointed the object at one of the officers, two officers fired their weapons at the suspect, striking him in the torso multiple times.
Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and began treating the suspect; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured in this incident.
The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Douglas Zerby of Long Beach. Our investigation revealed that Suspect Zerby actually had possession of a black pistol grip water nozzle with a metal tip.
Along with the Long Beach Police Department’s ongoing investigation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation, which is routine for all officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles County.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244." Related articles