Friday, July 6, 2012

Anthony Glen Gorospe, Long Beach Hoarder, In Custody After Standoff

By Anna Almendrala

Police deployed a battering ram and tear gas during a tense six-hour standoff between a suspect and a S.W.A.T. team in Long Beach, Calif. Thursday. But in the end, it was a police dog that brought the man down.
Anthony Glen Gorospe, a 51-year-old Long Beach resident, is in custody Friday after shooting a city official in the head and barricading himself against police for hours. After he's cleared from the hospital for his dog bite wounds, Gorospe will be booked on charges of attempted murder and possible weapons violations at Long Beach City jail.
The trouble started a little before 8 a.m. that morning, when city inspectors, accompanied by local police, attempted to examine the suspect's eyesore of a home. While the Long Beach PD don't have an official record of the number of times Gorospe's home has been inspected for blight, police accompanied city inspectors because there has been "a history" of problems at that address, said spokesperson Lisa Massacani.
But while the inspectors and police stood outside Gorospe's home, figuring out how to approach it through the piles of junk that crowed the front lawn, a shot rang out from inside the residence and struck one inspector in the head. As the suspect continued to fire his gun, Long Beach police called for backup from their S.W.A.T. team, who arrived on the scene within minutes..."  More & video

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