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Accident: 128242.015 - Store Security Guard Is Killed In Pursuit Of Fleeing Suspect

Accident: 128242.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 07/23/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1486321.01508/03/2020Cedar Liquor Jr Market
At approximately 10:15 p.m. on July 23, 2020, an employee was working as a secur ity guard at a neighborhood market. The store sold beer, wine, liquor, cigarette s, lottery tickets, and small clothing items. The employee was stocking shelves behind the counter. An individual walked through the market and picked up a t-sh irt and a pair of socks. He picked up his pace as he neared the cashier and left the market without paying. The employee jumped over the counter and chased the suspect out of the market. The suspect got into his car to flee the scene. The e mployee jumped onto the hood of the suspect's car. With the employee holding ont o the hood, the suspect drove westbound on a major street. The suspect drove err atically, and the employee lost his grip. He was thrown into the eastbound lanes of the street, into opposite traffic, and struck by a car. Traffic stopped, and emergency services were called. Paramedics from the Long Beach fire department Engine 3 arrived on the scene, as did members of the Long Beach police departmen t. The paramedics made an initial attempt to revive the employee, but at approxi mately 10:43 p.m., they pronounced him dead. The Long Beach police department de termined the incident to be a criminal act and began a homicide investigation. T he Los Angeles County coroner took the employee's body to the coroners departmen t. There, they determined that the cause of death was due to blunt force injurie s from vehicular homicide. On July 28, 2020, a representative of the employer no tified the division of the accident. The division arrived at the store on August 3, 2020 to begin its investigation.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, convenience store, ejected, emergency response, flying object, fracture, highway, motor vehicle, police, struck against, struck by, workplace violence
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1486321.015 57 M Fatality

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