LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — CBSLA’s Stacey Butler reports Wednesday night that Long Beach police are confirming that a suspect involved in a standoff in downtown Long Beach died in a local hospital.
The police standoff near Long Beach City Hall ended Wednesday evening with the suspect taken into custody by Long Beach PD with the help of a police dog. The incident was described by Long Beach PD as an officer-involved shooting with the suspect transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Fire.
Police shot the gunman after he threatened to blow up the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building and refused for two hours to drop what appeared to be a gun he held in his right hand.
Police say they fired non-lethal rounds but when he didn’t respond they say they fired bullets.
Stu Mundel reported from overhead in Sky2 that the “tense” standoff was on Ocean Boulevard near Chestnut.
The incident started earlier Wednesday afternoon when the man’s wife called 911 saying that her husband was acting erratic, had a gun and was threatening to blow up the Federal Building.
The man’s wife gave a description of a white van. Long Beach PD saw the vehicle very close to the city hall building.
When they approached that person apparently he did have a gun and then threats were made and then the standoff started.
Police are not releasing the name of the suspect but the registration for the van from Oregon comes back to a man named Donald McFarland. He has an extensive criminal history in Washington and Oregon. It is unclear why he chose downtown Long Beach for the standoff.