Gang detective shot

Kelly Puente (Press-Telegram) | January 30, 2011

A police detective who was shot while patrolling a gang-infested area of central Long Beach was in stable condition on Sunday and was expected to survive, authorities said.

Meanwhile police continued their search for as many as three suspects who they believe targeted the anti-gang detective and his partner as they rode west on Anaheim Street in an unmarked police car late Saturday night.

In a news conference at police headquarters Sunday, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the two detectives, who were both wearing police uniforms, were on routine patrol when the shots rang out. The attack is one more act of violence in an area riddled with gangs, he said.

“It’s an area where we’ve had challenges in the past and we continue to,” he said. “We have a very supportive community, and there is a very small percentage of people who live in that area who want to cause trouble for everyone else. As such, it’s the perfect time for the community to say enough is enough.”

The two detectives were riding west on Anaheim at Mahanna Avenue, near Orange Avenue, at 10:50 p.m. Saturday when a suspect riding in a vehicle fired multiple rounds at the driver’s side of the police car.

A bullet missed a detective’s vest and hit him in the upper torso as he was driving. His partner, who was not hit, drove him to the hospital. The 30-year-old detective, a seven-year veteran of the police department, remained in the hospital Sunday.

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