LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A 53-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly making threats of shooting people on a golf course.
According to the Long Beach Police Department, Richard Lavalle carried a duffel bag around 7:30 a.m. onto the Recreation Gold Course, and allegedly made statements to golfers that he had a gun in his bag and may shoot someone.READ MORE: Barstow Firefighter Struck By Vehicle On I-15 Sunday, Listed In Critical Condition
Officers were sent to the 5000 block of Deukmejian Drive, where they located Lavalle still walking on the golf course.
Police said they formed a tactical plan, and attempted to contact him; however, Lavalle refused to follow commands, and fled from officers by running through the golf course.
During the chase, Lavalle reached towards his bag, motioning to take out a gun, and said, “Shoot me!” to officers.READ MORE: Rams Snap 3-Game Skid, Roll Over Jacksonville 37-7
Authorities explained officers attempted to stop him by shooting several rubber launchers, but they were ineffective.
When police were able to get close enough to Lavalle, they deployed a Taser, which effectively ended the chase. He was safely apprehended by officers on scene.
Officials reported Lavalle did not actually have a gun in his bag. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
He claimed to have served time in the military, however, public records show he served 17 years in federal prison for bank robbery.MORE NEWS: Man, 52, Taken Into Custody After Alleged Bomb Threat At U.S. Post Office In Oxnard
According to police, Lavalle is being held on charges of resisting arrest, and will undergo a mental evaluation.