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A man, working as a security guard and attempting to stop a theft at a liquor store, was killed after he was thrown from the hood of the suspect’s sedan in Long Beach Thursday night, July 24, authorities said.

The man, believed to be a resident of Long Beach in his 50s, was an employee at the liquor store in the 300 block of West Anaheim Street and attempted to stop another man after he had allegedly stolen items, police said.

In an effort to thwart the thief, the victim climbed onto the hood of the suspect’s silver, four-door sedan and held on as the suspect drove but was jarred loose after about three blocks when the suspect maneuvered the car, police said. The victim fell onto the eastbound lanes of Anaheim Street and died of injuries sustained in the fall, police said.

The driver of a white utility van stopped to try and help the victim. Detectives originally believed the van had struck the victim, but evidence showed that not to be the case, police said. The van’s driver was not involved with the earlier theft.

The victim’s identity was not released by police pending notification of his relatives. Police canvassed the area for video and other witnesses.

—Nathaniel Percy

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