Man arrested after argument involving a gun in Central Long Beach, police say

Police arrested a man on suspicion of assaulting another man with a firearm in Central Long Beach Saturday night, although it’s unclear whether the suspect actually fired the gun, Long Beach Police Department spokesman Brandon Fahey said.

At approximately 10:45 p.m., officers responded to the area of 10th Street and Long Beach Boulevard regarding a call about shots being fired, Fahey said. Upon arrival, officers contacted a man who said he was standing near 20th Street and Long Beach Boulevard when he and another man got into an argument that escalated, Fahey said. The suspect then pointed a firearm at the victim, walked away from the scene and was detained by responding officers, according to Fahey.

Officers seized a firearm, Fahey said. No injuries were reported.

Police identified the suspect as Dennis Boyles, a 29-year-old Long Beach resident, who was arrested on suspicion of one count of assault with firearm on a person and one count of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, Fahey said. Bail was set at $50,000.

Police are still determining whether or not a shooting actually occurred, among other details of the incident, as the investigation remains ongoing, Fahey said.

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