Man sparks hourlong standoff with officers after refusing to drop weapon, police say

A man who refused to drop a pipe or some other kind of blunt metal object sparked an hourlong standoff with Long Beach police this morning, according to the department.

Police said they were first called about the man around 9 a.m. because he appeared to be trying to break out car windows near Eighth Street and Cherry Avenue.

The man ended up grabbing the metal object out of a parked car and swung it at someone—but missed—according to LBPD spokeswoman Daisy Paul.

When officers arrived, the man refused to drop the object while officers talked with him for about an hour, Paul said.

Eventually, officers shot the man with large-caliber foam rounds trying to get him to surrender, according to the LBPD. When that didn’t work, they released a police K9, Paul said.

Police said the man hit the dog with the metal object before officers were able to move in and cuff him.

“The K9 sustained minor injuries and did not need medical attention,” Paul said in an email.

Medics took the man to the hospital, as is standard practice any time a suspect is bitten by a police K9. As soon as he’s cleared, he’ll be booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, being under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and willful harm on a K9, according to police.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.