Suspect arrested after man shot with pepper ball gun during argument Downtown, police say

A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police said he shot another man with a non-lethal weapon during an argument in Downtown Long Beach.

The assault occurred around 2:44 p.m. in the 100 block of W. Fifth Street, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said the victim was involved in a dispute with the suspect, who pulled out a pepper ball gun and shot him. A pepper ball gun holds the appearance of a real gun, but it fires paintball-like bullets that release a pepper irritant powder upon impact.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. No other injuries were reported.

The suspect, whose identity was not immediately available, was taken into custody and is being booked at Long Beach City Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

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