Police used non-lethal force Friday morning to subdue an intoxicated man in Northridge after he falsely reported he had been shot, then confronted officers, authorities said.
The incident began with 911 call about 12:20 a.m. saying that a man had been shot at a 7-Eleven store at 16929 Roscoe Boulevard, said Sgt. Luis Aguilar, the watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division.
“When officers and the fire department responded to the scene they found that no one had been shot,” Aguilar said.
Instead, the man who was subsequently subdued, had called 911 and falsely reported he had been shot, Aguilar said.
“The man was erratic and refused to comply with the officers’ commands,” Aguilar said. “It was determined that he was unsafe to approach and when he advanced toward officers, we deployed a bean bag shot gun and then a Taser to subdue him.”
Aguilar said the man was not mentally ill but rather drunk and acting out in public.
The man was arrested after being taken down and will be booked on suspicion of public drunkenness later today, Aguilar said.
—City News Service
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