AZUSA >> Police used a less-lethal bean bag shotgun to subdue a man who threatened police while claiming to have a gun at a park in Azusa on Friday, officials said.
The incident began just before noon when police received a call from a man who said he was at Zacateca’s Park, 924. W. First Street, Azusa police Cpl. Billy Johnson said in a written statement.
The man told police he was armed with a handgun, “and ready to engage with police using his firearm,” the corporal said. The caller described himself to police and told them his position within the park.
“Due to several people in the park, including a group of mentally disabled subjects and their caretakers, officers composed a tactical plan of approach to safely detain to the subject,” Johnson said. “Officers simultaneously secured the several subjects in the park as other officers approached the subject.”
The man failed to comply with officers’ orders, at which point they shot him with a bean bag round fired by a shotgun, according to Johnson. The man fell to the ground and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. He suffered no serious injuries.
No gun was found at the scene, police said.