Police arrest man who had barricaded himself inside housing unit at Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station

Authorities on Thursday negotiated with a man who had barricaded himself inside a housing unit for several hours at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.

The situation started around 9 a.m. when the Seal Beach Police Department got a call about a suspicious person in the base housing area. The base security and police responded to the home and started negotiating with the two people inside, said Greg Smith, the spokesman for the base.

One person, a member of the military, surrendered earlier in the morning, but it took authorities until about noon to get the other man out, Smith said. It is so far unclear if the man is also a member of the military. Servicemembers from all branches of the military stay in the housing units, according to Smith.

Neither person was armed and there were no hostages involved, but the Navy Criminal Investigation Services are searching the home to ensure there is no one else involved. Authorities believed there was no threat to the public and did not place the base on lockdown.

A soldier stands at the back of a housing unit at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, where a man was barricaded Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr


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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 Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.