LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A man was arrested Saturday on Black's Beach after authorities say he aimed a gun at a police helicopter.
After witnesses told lifeguards about the man, who was screaming and wielding a gun, San Diego police sent a helicopter, officers armed with rifles, a K-9 and a patrol vehicle to the La Jolla beach.
“The individual, after being approached by lifeguards, was irate, didn’t want them at the scene at all, so they vacated the area. Later on in this call, once we cleared the cliff area, there seemed to be a handgun that he pulled out, was pointing in the air and shooting,” San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky said.
Police cleared the beach just south of the Torrey Pines Gliderport. The police helicopter crew used a loudspeaker and officers shouted commands to the man to surrender. When he did not comply, officers released a police dog, which bit the man.
“Several units went down. They actually made contact with the person with use of their K-9 and all their safety stuff and they apprehended the individual,” Stropky said.
The man was treated for a dog bite before he was booked into the San Diego County Jail, where he will undergo a mental evaluation.
"This is kind of a twist to something that we don't normally deal with, but I’m glad that everybody is safe and I'm not sure of the status of the handgun but it certainly was a toy or a real gun by appearance," Stropky said.