Long Beach police arrest man after standoff


A Long Beach man was arrested Sunday following an hours-long standoff that began when police shot at him after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them, according to authorities.

The incident began when officers responded to a report of a man pointing a gun at a family member in the 5200 block of East 25th Street, near the 405 Freeway, at about 10:15 a.m., police said.

When officers arrived, they saw the other people in the home leave and encountered a man who was allegedly holding a rifle at the back of the residence, law enforcement officials said. When officers ordered him to drop the weapon, he did not do so and instead pointed the rifle at officers, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.

The man retreated into the home after police opened fire. It was unclear how many shots were fired, or how many officers discharged their weapons, but the man was not hit.

Police asked neighbors to evacuate or shelter in place and called in a SWAT team. Negotiators made contact with the man, but he still wouldn’t leave the home, police said.

At 4:25 p.m., authorities “made entry into the residence and safely took the suspect into custody without incident,” according to the department’s statement.

The man — identified as Michael Amacher, 55, of Long Beach — was taken to a hospital to be cleared for booking due to a pre-existing medical condition. He was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of assault with a firearm and will be booked upon receiving medical clearance, police said.

No officers or community members were injured.

The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a “full and thorough multi-level review of the incident,” including of body camera footage, and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will also conduct an independent investigation, law enforcement officials said.



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