On Thursday, Sept. 29, at approximately 10:50am, Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) officers were dispatched to Food-4-Less, 1600 E. Willow St., regarding an adult male on the roof of the business. The calling party had said a subject was yelling threats to passersby.
As officers arrived and assessed the situation, the subject was in fact on top of the roof and threatening officers and the public. From their perspective, officers could not determine if the subject was armed, so they requested the assistance of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) helicopter to fly overhead and assist. Additionally, officers evacuated the surrounding parking lot and shut down traffic on adjacent streets.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to assist with several fire engines, a ladder company, and an urban search-and-rescue unit to deploy an “air curtain” to help minimize possible injury to the subject in case he decided to jump.
LBPD Mental Evaluation Team (MET) assisted in assessing the subject’s mental status.
After approximately one hour, the subject voluntarily and peaceably surrendered himself to SHPD officers. The subject was transported and committed by the LBPD MET officers for further evaluation.
There were no injuries reported to the subject, members of the public, or any personnel involved.