• Matt Esnayra

A fight outside a Long Beach homeless shelter leads to a standoff with the LBPD.

Photo courtesy Lee Charley.

Early Thursday morning, a fight outside a homeless shelter led to an hours-long standoff with the Long Beach Police Department.


At roughly 2:22 a.m., LBPD officers arrived at the 600 block of Ceder Ave in response to a fight outside of a home next to the Second Samoan Congressional Church.

  • The suspect barricaded himself inside the shelter next to the church when officers arrived.

  • The victim suffered "non-life-threatening injuries to the upper body," says LBPD spokesperson Richard Mejia, and was transported to a nearby hospital by LBFD.

What they're saying:

Investigators assert the incident started when the victim was in a "verbal altercation" with the suspect that escalated to the point he was struck with a "blunt object."

  • A standoff transpired lasting several hours and ended after "a use of force occurred, and the suspect was taken into custody."

  • Once the suspect was medically cleared, he was transported to Long Beach City Jail, awaiting booking.

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