Man Who Hit Officer In Head With Gun Arrested After Hours-Long Standoff
A man who got into a physical altercation with police officers, hitting one of them in the head with a gun, has been arrested after a standoff lasting nearly five hours in Long Beach.
KTLA reports that police saw the man hanging out in Houghton Park around 2 a.m., after it was closed, and approached him. He got violent, and started fighting. He struck one of the responding officers on the head with a handgun.
He then ran away, into his home on Harding Street, and was pursued by the officers. The L.A. Times writes that people inside the house came outside, but the suspect refused, and thus began the nearly five hours-long standoff.
Neighbors were evacuated, and a SWAT team searched the property. According to KTLA, non-lethal projectiles were fired into the building, and the canine unit was unleashed. The man was apprehended around 7:00 a.m. and treated for a dog bite injury before being booked on charges of assaulting a police officer.
According to City News Service, the officer who was hit in the head with the gun was treated on the scene for superficial wounds on the face and should make a full recovery.