LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A man in a wheelchair carrying a loaded handgun was one of three men arrested after a group of protesters confronted Los Angeles police officers in downtown L.A. Tuesday afternoon who were attempting to handle an unrelated mental health crisis.

The suspects were identified as 30-year-old Mario Chacon, 33-year-old Joshua Wilson and 52-year-old David Dixon.

According to police, at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers had been called to a mental health situation involving two women in the area of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard when they witnessed Dixon attacking a man.

Officers arrested Dixon and learned that he was wanted on a felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.

Then, as officers were preparing to take the two women to a hospital, they were surrounded by a group of about 50 protesters who had been marching in the area, police said. The protesters began chanting “let them go.”

A loaded handgun recovered by Los Angeles police. July 14, 2020. (LAPD)

One of the protesters, who was in a wheelchair, later identified as Wilson, tried to punch an officer, police said. A second protester, identified as Chacon, tried to steal one officer’s baton and shove a second officer.

Chacon and Wilson were eventually detained and taken to the downtown police station, along with Dixon. Officers later discovered a loaded handgun in Wilson’s backpack.

Three officers and a sergeant suffered minor injuries during the scuffle.

Wilson was arrested on charges of being an ex-con with a firearm, while Chacon was arrested on charges of battery on a police officer.

Comments (6)
  1. We need a very large hole dug, to scoop up these idiots and put an end to this madness. I’ll bring the shovel to cover them over.

  2. Rich Tanner says:

    These protestors are not an innocent group of people! Guns, and such. Yet the cities let them go! Then the city leaders are more evil…

    1. K says:

      They have to let them go or BML will protest, pillage and plunder the city and than blame everyone else and say they want all white people’s houses!!! After 230 years the blacks are still suppressed, really!! More that they are too lazy to get off their butts because everything is free, yet the white people are the problem!!!

    2. Peter says:

      In my country we have a little thing called the Second Amendment. Keep your anti-gun propaganda to yourself, comrade!

  3. Joe says:

    I sleep soundly at night knowing that a majority of these “protesters” are home right now with Covid. Enjoy your brush with death!

  4. Jenna Nation says:

    Lovely comments. Such endearing humans, full of compassion and an open mind.

    Oh wait, the same sick rhetoric of racial stereotypes. Way to go, guys.

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