On Wednesday, a carjacking suspect was taken into custody after police used non-lethal rounds to subdue him. The incident began when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that was believed to be stolen at around 10:00 pm local time. The 27-year-old male suspect fought with police and allegedly took an officer’s gun before fleeing the scene.
As reported by ABC 7, the suspect was originally pulled over because the vehicle he was driving matched the description of a stolen vehicle.
When confronted by police, an altercation broke out, during which the man reportedly grabbed a police officer’s gun before fleeing the scene.
After the suspect fled, he carjacked a passing vehicle and attempted to escape the officers. Long Beach police officers pursued him and, once the man was pulled over, a standoff began.
At one point during the incident, the man exited the vehicle. He turned towards the officers with his arms crossed in front of him.
Hoping to subdue the suspect, officers fired rubber bullets, a non-lethal round, at the suspect, who quickly collapsed to the ground after being struck.
The suspect, a Long Beach resident, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of the non-lethal injuries sustained during the incident.