Anaheim SWAT officers
Anaheim SWAT officers at the scene of the standoff. Courtesy Anaheim Police

A car theft suspect who barricaded himself in a in a stolen car in Anaheim for almost two hours was arrested Tuesday by police officers who flushed him out into the open by firing tear gas into the vehicle, then pelted him with non-lethal projectiles, authorities said.

Officers spotted a stolen Acura at 11:17 p.m. Monday in the area of Beach Boulevard and Orange Avenue and attempted to stop it, but the suspect drove about a block and turned onto Broder Street, a small residential street, and stopped in the 500 block, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

The man refused to exit the car, Wyatt said. Announcements were made over a public address system for him to come out, but he refused.

A SWAT team responded and pumped tear gas into the car, finally prompting the driver to exit, Wyatt said. But the man would not show his hands as he stepped out of the car and officers struck him with “less than lethal munitions,” which caused him to comply, Wyatt said, adding he was taken into custody at 1:17 a.m., then driven to a local hospital for medical clearance prior to being booked.

“He will be booked for driving a stolen vehicle,” Wyatt said. The Acura was reported stolen Monday from Downey, he added.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

—City News Service

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