Intoxicated man arrested after assaulting officer on Shoreline Drive, police say

Police arrested a man who was publicly intoxicated and who physically assaulted a marine patrol officer Saturday night in Shoreline Village in Long Beach, authorities said.

The marine patrol officer was attempting to assist the man who then began to physically assault the officer at the 100 block of East Shoreline Drive, near Ocean Boulevard, according to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Allison Gallagher.

The marine patrol officer then “deployed a moderate force option” in the form of “a conductive electrical weapon” on the suspect, but he ran away, Gallagher said.

Long Beach police officers, who responded to the area at around 8 p.m., quickly found and arrested the suspect, Gallagher said.

Demetrio Manuel Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Compton resident, was medically cleared at a local hospital and booked into the Long Beach Jail on suspicion of battery on a peace officer, resisting/obstructing a public officer and public intoxication, Gallagher said. Gonzalez’s bail is set at $50,000.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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