Police detain woman walking on 710 Freeway with metal pipe, LBPD says

Officers fired less-lethal rounds and eventually arrested a woman who was blocking traffic on the 710 Freeway late Wednesday night, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said the woman was walking on the freeway while holding a metal pipe near Pacific Coast Highway around 11:45 p.m.

Police tried to de-escalate the situation but were unsuccessful, LBPD spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said. Officers fired less-lethal rounds to incapacitate the woman, and she was immediately treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital, Gallagher said.

Police determined the woman was trying to commit suicide, and she was held for mental evaluation, according to the LBPD.

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Brandon Richardson is a business reporter, covering everything from real estate and healthcare to the airport and port to city hall and the economy. He is a Long Beach native who has been with the Business Journal since graduating from Long Beach City College in spring 2016 with an associate’s degree in journalism. He is an avid record collector and concert goer.