Suspect in Custody for the Murder of Long Beach Fire Captain

Long Beach, CA – A 77-year-old resident of Covenant Manor Senior facility in the 600 block of E. 4th Street near downtown Long Beach, has been arrested in the shooting death of 45-year old Capt David Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the Long Beach FD, Station 10.

The suspect has been identified as Thomas Kim, who is being held on murder charges and two counts of attempted murder and arson. A revolver was recovered at the scene.

A civilian, identified only as an elderly male resident of the facility, was hospitalized in stable, but critical condition.

Police also found two suspicious devices that were rendered safe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad. Responding firefighters discovered a fire at the facility, some windows were blown out and activated sprinklers. They also smelled gasoline.

The surviving firefighter was identified as 35-year-old Ernesto Torres, a 10-year veteran. Officials said he sustained a graze wound and was released from the hospital.

80 residents of the senior facility were evacuated from the building and were being sheltered at the Silverado Park community center in Long Beach with assistance from the Red Cross and other agencies.

Investigators were looking into whether the incident was an ambush.

Capt Rosa is survived by his wife and two sons, aged 25 and 16.