Man in Custody After Standoff, Assault on Officer in Long Beach: Police

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An hourslong standoff involving an apparently armed man who barricaded himself inside a Long Beach home after allegedly assaulting an officer ended with the man being taken into custody, police said.

The scene of a standoff is shown in Long Beach on Aug. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)
The scene of a standoff is shown in Long Beach on Aug. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident began shortly before 2 a.m., when officers spotted the man in Houghton Park after it had closed. They approached him and, after making contact with the man, a fight broke out, according to Lt. Dina Zapalski of the Long Beach Police Department.

During the altercation, the man allegedly hit one of the officers on the head with an object that was later determined to be a handgun, Zapalski said.

The man then crossed the street and went to his home on Harding Street, where he went inside and refused to leave, according to the lieutenant.

A SWAT team was called to the scene, and residents inside were told to evacuate. Several subjects were able to safely get out of the house when prompted by authorities, according to Zapalski.

As the standoff progressed, police fired non-lethal projectiles and eventually utilized a canine unit to apprehend the man, according to officials.

He was taken into custody around 7:00 a.m and transported to the hospital for a dog bite injury.

The man's name has not been released.

The officer injured in the fight suffered superficial injuries and was treated at the scene.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this story. 

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