Officers Use Taser on Man at Long Beach Golf Course After He Tells Them ‘Shoot Me’: Police
A man was taken into custody Sunday following an alleged shooting threat at Recreation Golf Course in Long Beach that resulted in a confrontation with officers, police said.
Richard Lavalle, 53, was carrying a duffel bag when he walked onto the course, which is located in the 5000 block of Deukmejian Drive (map), at around 7:30 a.m.
He then allegedly told golfers he had a gun in the bag and would potentially shoot someone that day, a Long Beach Police Department news release stated.
Officers from the Long Beach police’s East Division quickly responded to the reported threat and found Lavalle still walking on the course.
They eventually made contact with him, but the suspect took off running after allegedly refusing to follow officer commands, according to the release.
Fearing he had a gun and was going to hurt someone, officers followed Lavalle. At one point, he allegedly reached toward the bag as though grabbing for a weapon and said, “Shoot me,” police stated in the release.
Officers attempted to stop the suspect with rubber launchers, but he continued on after being hit several times, according to police. They eventually got close to him and deployed a Taser in order to stop him.
A search of the bag revealed that the suspect did not have a gun.
Lavalle was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
He was booked on a resisting arrest charge and would undergo a mental evaluation, according to the release.