Crime

California Man Shot To Death Pursuing Purse Snatcher

| by Karin Sun

A California man made a fatal error when he decided to chase after two suspects who stole a woman's purse.

The 37-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, chased after two men he saw snatch the woman's purse around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 27, according to NBC Southern California. One of the men then shot him in the stomach.

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The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

The incident occurred near the intersection of 14th Street and Long Beach Avenue, south of downtown Los Angeles, said Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Police have not released any further details about the shooting.

"The case is ongoing, and our investigators are trying to identify the two suspects," Houser told the Los Angeles Times.

Purse snatching cost victims a gross total of $3 million in 2008, according to data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

 

Sources: LA Times, NBC Southern California, Bureau of Justice Statistics / Photo credit: NBC Southern California

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