A 25-year-old Lakewood was transported to the hospital in critical condition Thursday night after trying to cut his own throat in front of officers and then being shot by police, authorities said.
Around 9:30 p.m., officers responded to a drunk-in-public call at a residence in the 100 block of The Colonnade, according to Cynthia Arrona with the Long Beach Police Department.
A man, appearing intoxicated, was attempting to enter the home’s front door, Arrona said.
The man was identified later Friday as 25-year-old Richard Everhart of Lakewood.
After officers arrived and talked to the resident of the home, they saw Everhart walking down the sidewalk. They tried to stop him, but he ignored them and kept walking, according to a police news release.
Suddenly, Everhart stopped, turned around, drew a knife and began repeatedly cutting his own throat and moving toward the officers, the release stated. The officers told him to drop the knife, but Everhart raised it toward them “while quickly advancing at them,” the release stated.
At least one of the officers then shot the man.
The officers began life-saving measures while they waited for paramedics to get there, the release said. Everhart was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.
In critical but stable condition, Everhart on Friday was in custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
No officers were injured.