Metro Bus Pulled Over After Report of Passenger With Handgun

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Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a Metro bus in South L.A. on Wednesday morning after a passenger reportedly displayed a handgun, authorities said.

Deputies stopped the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus after a rider called to report a man with a gun at Vermont Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Services Bureau.


A man walks backwards toward L.A. County sheriff’s deputies after being ordered to disembark a Metro bus near Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Sky5 video showed passengers stepping off the articulated vehicle after it was stopped in the middle of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Hill Street and Broadway.

Individual bus riders were seen walking backward, with their arms raised, toward deputies who briefly detained them.

“However, the armed suspect had exited the bus prior to the bus being stopped by deputies,” according to a tweet from the Transit Services Bureau.

A witness said the armed man had been on the bus with three other people, two of whom were detained and then released, the Sheriff’s Department said. No charges were pending against the man’s reported companions.

An estimated 60 people were riding the bus when it was pulled over. All of them were safe and no injuries were reported, officials said.

Investigators were reviewing onboard bus video.

Sheriff’s transit deputies have jurisdiction on Metro buses and trains through contract policing.