Police on Wednesday arrested two men suspected of unlawfully possessing guns in public and obstructing justice after they led officers on a foot chase in Central Long Beach, according to authorities.
The incident started around noon at Pacific Coast Highway and Lime Avenue where police were called about a report of battery that involved multiple people in an altercation, police spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.
By the time officers got there, the subjects had left, but someone reported a possible suspect vehicle on nearby Myrtle Avenue. As officers approached it, one of the suspects got out of it and ran on foot to Dayman Street, according to Lt. James Richardson.
Police shut down Dayman Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway to find the suspect, Dandoy said.
“During the incident a male adult fled from officers on foot and hid in the 900 block of Dayman Ave.,” Richardson said. “He discarded a firearm during the foot chase, and it was recovered by officers.”
The 23-year-old man, James Brooks from Long Beach, surrendered without incident after police found him barricaded in a building, according to Richardson.
Evan Berlin, 25, was also arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a second gun police found during the incident, Richardson said.
Officers detained a third suspect during the investigation, but he was released at the scene, Richardson said.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.
Valerie Osier is a breaking news reporter for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier
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