Police tase man who allegedly had a gun near Traffic Circle on Wednesday morning

Long Beach police ended up tasing a man who was allegedly waving a gun around a neighborhood near the Traffic Circle at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Emergency officials got multiple calls from residents about the man, who was in the area of Wilton Street and Grand Avenue. When police officers got there, they quickly found the man, police spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said.

“Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation and the suspect was not compliant,” she said. They ended up deploying their “conducted electrical weapons,” commonly referred to as tasers, detained and arrested him.

Gallagher said they found a gun on the 3600 block of East 17th Street and police are still investigating.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. 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.