Long Beach police shoot, kill man who ambushed officers, police...

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Police shot and killed a man early Sunday after he allegedly ambushed officers and fired multiple rounds outside a Central Long Beach home, authorities said.
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damon

Long Beach, CA

#1 May 3, 2009
Hmm
T-MAN NS LONG BEACH

Smyrna, TN

#2 May 3, 2009
From guns to roses. Rest in peace James. There has got to be more to this story. I have known James for of 15 years and he was a great friend just trying to stay out the way. My love goes out to his family.
RESIDENT

Long Beach, CA

#3 May 3, 2009
OK...and the City Manager wants to furlough police officers.....this is absurd...crime is up and will continue to go up. It is a crisis Mr West and you are incompetent if you make police officers take days off resulting in even more unsafe streets! THERE HAS TO BE OTHER PLACES TO CUT....safety from crime must be priority #1 and if you make the same cuts in police as you do fire and public works...then it is not a priority! CITY COUNCIL.....if you really care you will not cut police services in this time of crisis!
LBPD Took out the Trash

Irvine, CA

#4 May 3, 2009
Thank god no officers were injured. I'm glad this trash was taking out of all our lives!!!!
Relaxin LBC

Chino, CA

#6 May 3, 2009
Should not the headline read "Man armed with a gun attempted to ambush Long Beach police officers but is kill man instead."
rbonilla

Berthoud, CO

#7 May 3, 2009
welcome to long beach.....

“Most dangerous question-- Why?”

Since: Jan 09

Bellflower

#8 May 3, 2009
Relaxin LBC wrote:
Should not the headline read "Man armed with a gun attempted to ambush Long Beach police officers but is kill man instead."
One, that didn't make sense. Two, I think that belongs in the paragraph UNDER the title.
nope

Elmira, CA

#9 May 3, 2009
Relaxin LBC wrote:
Should not the headline read "Man armed with a gun attempted to ambush Long Beach police officers but is kill man instead."
No, because the name of the paper is "Press Telegram," not "The Daily 'Tard."
nope

Elmira, CA

#10 May 3, 2009
Relaxin LBC wrote:
Should not the headline read "Man armed with a gun attempted to ambush Long Beach police officers but is kill man instead."
No, because the name of the paper is "Press Telegram," not "The Daily Taard"
Do not understand

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#13 May 3, 2009
It seems that violent crime is up, murder seems to be a weekly news story, and now the bad guys are shooting at cops. Now furlough police officers? I have a hard time understanding the logic around that one.
Tired

Long Beach, CA

#16 May 3, 2009
Today, the right man died. he owned his own destiny. Unlike the prejudice statement posted by "Betting" i'm sure it took longer than a "nanosecond" for this incident to take place. The man had some issues and didn't deal with them in time so the police dealt with his issues for him. I am a successful black man and i frequently socialize with other successful black men. we are not all doomed to fail. Besides the statistic that is the basis of the quote which states there are "more black men in the penal system per capita than any other race" is often misread. what that statement means is ratio of confined vs. those that are not confined is higher. there are physically less black men in jail than any other race. white males dominate the total population of the prison system, however, their per capita is lower. black men have been targeted for years, so of course there is a higher likelyhood of incarceration. my challenge to those that care is to READ THE DETAILS OF RECORDS and BYPASS THE REPORTED STATISTICS. Generalizations hurt everyone!
Healthy

Palm Springs, CA

#19 May 4, 2009
Glad the officers were not injured. This incident is a clear message that when you endanger or threaten an officers or a citizens life you are likely to get arrested, injured or simply die. Pulling a gun in an officer will truely shorten your life.

I do have one issue. The Long Beach employee that died was truely wrong. However, I would be interested in an outside investigation as to what pressure and mistreatment the person received at the city. Did the city mitreat him and drive him toward doing totally stupid?
Brendan Gray

Anaheim, CA

#21 May 4, 2009
The Officers are LUCKY to be alive.
sergio malta

Long Beach, CA

#22 May 4, 2009
why u guys shoot him
THE MADMOUSEMAN

Boulder, CO

#23 May 4, 2009
Sounds like a Clean shoot to me. Glad no one else was killed by the trashman.
Terricka Tuggle

Memphis, TN

#24 May 4, 2009
I am a cousin of James Tuggle from Memphis,TN. he is orginally from Memphis,TN. My family were horrified of the situation that occurred. We were all crying like crazy!!!! We are all still in shock and my aunt is definitely not taking this well. We are hurt because I would have never thought that he would have done anything like this. They didn't have to kill him, maybe injured but not killed!!!! It's always to sides to every story!!!!
Terricka Tuggle

Memphis, TN

#25 May 4, 2009
You are stupid and ignorant!!!!
D2THA L

Seal Beach, CA

#26 May 4, 2009
LET US ALL TAKE TIME AN UNDERSTAND THAT A MANS LIFE WAS LOST , A MOTHER IS HURTIMG AND CHILDREN ARE LEFT WITHOUT A FATHER SOME OF YOU MAY THINK IT FUNNY HOWEVER THIS IS REAL LIFE AND WE ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT NO MATTER OF HIS RACE BACKGROUND OR JOB WE SHOULDN'T BE SPENDING ARE TIME JUDGING NOT KNOWING THE FULL STORY SO FROM THIS BLOG FORWARD HOW ABOUT WE TYPE IN OUR PRAYERS FOR THOSE TWO KIDS WHOM LOST THERE FATHER MAY GOD BLESS THE LIVING THANKS!!! D2THA L.
Ronald

AOL

#28 May 4, 2009
Terricka Tuggle wrote:
I am a cousin of James Tuggle from Memphis,TN. he is orginally from Memphis,TN. My family were horrified of the situation that occurred. We were all crying like crazy!!!! We are all still in shock and my aunt is definitely not taking this well. We are hurt because I would have never thought that he would have done anything like this. They didn't have to kill him, maybe injured but not killed!!!! It's always to sides to every story!!!!
Terricka Tuggle

You are right. The next time a berserk deranged gun toting madman lies in wait to ambush and to kill the cops, they should just "wing" him. I saw a movie once where the Sheriff did just that to a badman. The Sheriff was able to save the townspeople and to bring the malefactor to justice in a court of law.

If the cops were to employ that progressive tactic, fewer family members would be driven to grief.

Ronald
Anon

Los Angeles, CA

#29 May 4, 2009
James Neal Tuggle:

2/27/1998: Carrying concealed weapon, guilty.

4/10/1998: Challenge to fight in public, guilty.

1/14/1999: Challenge to fight in public, guilty.

3/25/1999: Causing loud noise, guilty.

10/25/1999: Unlawful obstructing of peace officer, guilty.

4/21/2000: Battery, guilty.

11/21/2008: Unlawful obstructing of a peace officer, guilty.

There are also lots of other crimes listed as "dismissed or not prosecuted." If this man is the shooter, you gotta wonder what it takes to get fired and why he was still working for the City after all of these crimes went down.

If the shooter is not James Neal Tuggle, there's another man named James H. Tuggle that also has a host of criminal problems.

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