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Man killed by Long Beach police was holding a water nozzle, not a gun, police say

The 35-year-old Long Beach man killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday was holding a pistol-grip water nozzle, not a gun, Long Beach police officials said Monday.

Two officers responded to a 911 call at 4:40 p.m. Sunday from a neighbor reporting an intoxicated man holding a "six-shooter" in the 5300 block of East Ocean Boulevard in the upscale Belmont Shore neighborhood.

"The officers had a position of cover and were observing the suspect while other officers were en route," said Sgt. Dina Zapalski, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

Zapalski said Douglas Zerby had been sitting on a stoop playing with what appeared to be a weapon and pointing it at objects as if it were a gun. He extended his arms and pointed in the direction of an officer. Police said they did not have time to make their presence known or to tell Zerby to drop the weapon before opening fi

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Added: Dec-14-2010 Occurred On: Dec-12-2010
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  • Tragic. When you are approached by Police, DO NOT point at them. With anything.

    Just goes to show that alcohol and water nozzles dont mix.

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    • Im not quite sure if you read the arcticle or not, or even retain information, but it said that the police presense was not known to the victim. Police FAIL.

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    • "Im not quite sure if you read the arcticle or not, or even retain information" ?

      Not sure this applies to you either.

      What part of: "Police got a report of a DRUNK man holding a WEAPON", dont you understand?

      If you havent been in a cops shoes dont even try putting them on.

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    • That has to be the stupidest cop-out I have ever heard. From what I saw on the news, the police didn't even identify themselves or tell him to put the "water nozzle down". Cops NEVER taking responsibility for their actions all the while arresting citizen and making them. No wonder pigs are such douche bags.

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    • agreed funny the guy uses the excuse well the guy didnt know the cops were there LOL!
      Like freaking serial killer doesnt know he is being hunted .
      Who cares just stupid shit

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  • I would love to hear the officer's side of the story. It's probably pathetic. RIP

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  • Cops are not cops anymore,they are foot soldiers for a tyrannical system now. Submit or die.

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  • So the officers where far enough away to have not yet identified themselves and they knew they where responding to a gun call. Shouldn't they approach cautiously and maintain COVER? Perhaps a pair of binoculars should be part of the police officers gear.

    Sad for the all involved, The guy was drunk and sometimes as we know drunk people to dumb things.

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  • it's like when ever cops get a call about a gun,.they are AUTOMATICALLY in the paranoid mode,..
    like a bunch of Barney Fifes,.
    fucking nit wits,.

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    • No shit. Just how would you approach it tough guy? Those big balls you have sitting in front of a computer would shrink into your stomach if you had to deal with the situation.

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  • Guns don't kill people,Gun paranoia does.

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  • The Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office will conduct independent investigations into the shooting....

    No charges will be fired, or they will get a month long vacation with pay.

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  • they take that no watering thing way too seriously in long beach.

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  • Honestly, we are taught by the courts that we as citizens do not have the right to shoot anybody unless our life is in immediate danger. Shooting somebody too far away from you, or in the back, or after danger has passed will all land you behind bars and back in court for a civil suit. Do police officers not have the same standards? If they are not close enough to tell the difference between a water nozzle and a handgun (unless, of course, it's a water nozzle made to look like a handgun..) then More..

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  • Poor guy...just had a '40 and was fixin' to wash the mud off that truck.... Lesson here is always, always attach the hose before you point the nozzle at cops......

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  • You're a cop and you get a call of a man with a gun, you arrive and the man points it at you. Maybe someone can explain why an officer would not fire?

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  • To protect and serve?

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  • "Zerby was shot in the torso with a shotgun and handgun, then handcuffed, Zapalski said. He died at the scene".

    LOL

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  • i bvet it wasn't even loaded.

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  • he was packing 50mls of h20

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  • Hold police accountable, and this nonsense will stop. We're taking away their motivation to do the right thing.

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  • suicide by water nozzle

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  • classic fail,,, crook!!

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  • Kind of reminds me of a recent video with 81 shots over a sandal, and police getting in shit for being too hasty...

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  • who was the idiot neighbor that made the call?

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  • the cop's now home and hosed.

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