Police deploy rubber bullets to arrest bicyclist allegedly carrying replica gun

A man suspected of holding a gun while bicycling near the Rose Park neighborhood Sunday was arrested by police who deployed rubber bullets to take him into custody, officials said.

Authorities were looking for the suspect after they received a call at about 2:30 p.m. reporting “a subject with a gun in his hand riding a bike” near Seventh Street and Obispo Avenue, Long Beach police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

They found the suspect near Fourth Street and Redondo Avenue and saw what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, along with a knife, according to Chavarria.

When officers gave him orders, the suspect did not comply so they “quickly formed a perimeter and deployed less-lethal baton rounds,” Chavarria said.

Officers struck the suspect in the lower torso. He was taken into custody without further incident or force, she said.

Authorities recovered drug paraphernalia and a replica handgun from the suspect who was transported to a local hospital to be cleared for booking, she said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.