A Wilmington man was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor negligent discharge of a firearm Tuesday evening after shooting at the ocean near a lifeguard station at the end of the Peninsula in Long Beach, police said.
Manuel Chavez, 53, was booked by Long Beach police on one count each of possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm, authorities said.
Police say the incident happened around 6:26 p.m. in the area of 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard when Chavez, who was standing on a jetty just south of a lifeguard station on 72nd Place, began firing multiple shots at the ocean.
Officers in the area heard the gunshots and responded to the area. Once there, they “utilized distance, time, and cover to safely de-escalate the situation,” according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Chavez complied with officers and he was subsequently arrested nearly 20 minutes later, authorities said. Officers seized a firearm from Chavez and discovered bullet casings at the scene, indicating a shooting had occurred, the LBPD said. No injuries were reported.
Since Chavez was booked on zero-dollar bail, he was released on his own recognizance Wednesday morning at 8:36 a.m., according to jail records.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said. It’s not clear why Chavez allegedly fired the shots.