Police arrest man they say pointed gun at woman and crashed into 2 vehicles in pursuit

Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a man after they say he pointed a gun at a woman and then led police in a pursuit through Central Long Beach.

A woman first called police around 1:35 p.m. saying a man had pointed a gun at her in the 2100 block of Pacific Place, police spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said. They are still trying to determine if she knew the man or what led up to the incident.

As officers were on their way, dispatchers told them the assailant was seen fleeing in a dark color SUV, which they found in the area of 14th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Gallagher said. Officers tried to pull him over, but he wouldn’t stop, so police pursued him for about five minutes.

The driver hit two vehicles—one occupied—around Fifth Street and Alamitos Avenue. No one was injured, Gallagher said.

The man then stopped in the 900 block of Olive Avenue, which is near 10th Street and Alamitos Avenue, and fled on foot. Officers were able to apprehend him without incident. They also found a loaded gun in the area of Fifth Street and Alamitos Avenue that they believe belongs to the suspect, Gallagher said.

There were two other people in the SUV, but they were released.

The identity of the man was not immediately released. Police said he is being booked into jail.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.