A College Park East man died Tuesday afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot after Seal Beach Police spent several hours negotiating with him.
The police had initially responded to the backyard of a home in the 4400 block of Elder Avenue just before noon on Monday of a man with a gun in his backyard. Police attempted with no success to negotiate with the man into the night and next morning.
After hearing a gunshot at the residence Tuesday morning, police totally shut off Elder Avenue and set up a command post in the West Ed parking lot by Arbor Park. Because that is technically in the City of Los Alamitos, that department assisted Seal Beach police as did police from Cypress, Garden Grove and Westminster.
A drone was activated and could see the man, seemingly uninjured, but at 1:38pm another shot was heard and police entered the yard to see the man down and bleeding. Life-saving efforts were immediately begin and the man was quickly transferred to a local hospital where he later passed away.
The man’s name has not been released to the public, and the Seal Beach Police Department said there is no threat to residents.
Seal Beach Police Sergeant Nick Nicholas released the following statement:
SEAL BEACH OFFICERS RESPOND TO MAN WITH A GUN Seal Beach, CA – The Seal Beach Police Department responded to a call of a man with a gun in his backyard. The man suffered a self-inflected gunshot wound and later passed away at a local hospital. On Monday, April 11, 2022, at about 11:58 am, the Seal Beach Police Department received a call of a man with a gun in the backyard of a residence located in the 4400 block of Elder Avenue. Officers attempted to speak with the man and provide aid; however, he refused to put down the gun and meet with officers.
This continued for several hours into the night and next morning. On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at about 7:05 am, Seal Beach officers on scene heard a single gunshot come from the backyard area of the residence. An unmanned aircraft system (drone) was deployed, and officers could see the man still in the backyard, seemingly uninjured. With the assistance of the Cypress, Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley, and Westminster Police Departments, officers re-established communications with the man to negotiate a peaceful surrender.
At approximately 1:38 pm, officers heard another gunshot coming from the backyard. Officers then entered the backyard and discovered the man was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers immediately began lifesaving efforts, and the man was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he later passed away. Currently, there is no threat to the public. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Hendrix at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1112 or email@example.com.
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