UPDATE: VIDEO Surfaces; Belmont Shore Scare: Man Reported With Gun On 2nd St; LBPD Uses Less-Than-Lethal Means + K9, Finds Replica Handgun is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(UPDATED Feb. 20, 2018, 8:20 p.m) -- Third-party VIDEO has surfaced on YouTube of the Feb. 18 incident reported below. The video shows the suspect, the response of LBPD officers [audibility of their interaction is difficult], the officers' use of less-than-lethal rounds and a K9 unit, and the reaction(s) of a crowd that gathered and observed across 2nd St. Among those in the crowd observing and recording video was Jeff Blackmon, who posted his video on YouTube and made it publicly embeddable. [Caveat: some rough crowd language.]

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(Feb. 19, 2018, 8:45 a.m.) -- A frightening situation developed early Sunday night (Feb. 18) when a caller reported seeing a man with a gun along pedestrian and vehicle filled 2nd St. in Belmont Shore.

Police responded in force, blocked off 2nd St. just west of Bay Shore Ave. but didn't use deadly force. Instead, LBPD used what it officially describes as less lethal tools plus a K9 to take the suspect into custody without serious injury or loss of life...and police say the suspect was holding a replica weapon.

LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Johnson says that at about 7:25 p.m. (Feb. 18) officers were dispatched to the area of 2nd/BayShore regarding a person with a gun call. "The subject was walking in the middle of the street pointing a possible handgun at passing vehicles. When officers arrived on scene the subject would not comply with their lawful orders. Less than lethal tools were used along with a K9 unit to safely take the subject into custody. Replica firearm was recovered. He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing."



Messages on said the person wouldn't leave a 2nd St. business and went into the middle of the street, waving what at least one person thought was a real gun. One message said a crowd formed with at least one person hollering at police [not to shoot] while others said police did what they should do.

In December 2010 not far from the location, officers fatally shot intoxicated Douglas Zerby, reported by a resident to be holding a hand gun that turned out to be a hose nozzle.




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