Stabbing suspect prompts hours-long SWAT standoff, Long Beach police say

Police say they arrested a stabbing suspect who barricaded himself inside a Long Beach home Friday night, prompting an hours-long SWAT standoff.

Officers were dispatched at 6:56 p.m. to an assault with a deadly weapon call at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Locust Avenue, which is just north of Pacific Coast Highway, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

When officers arrived, they learned the suspect had stabbed another man in the upper body during an argument before barricading himself inside a home, the LBPD said. The victim was transported by Long Beach Fire Department personnel to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which were not life-threatening, police said.

After the suspect refused to come out and talk with officers, LBPD activated its SWAT team and evacuated nearby homes while some residents remained sheltered in place, authorities said.

Although negotiators attempted to de-escalate the situation, the suspect refused to surrender, the LBPD said.

At around 10:20 p.m., officers used a Taser and K9 units to take the suspect, who was injured in the encounter, into custody, police said.

LBFD personnel were already at the scene and transported the suspect to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, according to the LBPD.

After being medically cleared, he’ll be booked at Long Beach City Jail, according to police, who are still investigating.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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