Man in custody after lengthy barricade in Long Beach home, officer-involved shooting

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Sunday, October 2, 2022
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A man is in custody after a lengthy barricade situation with Long Beach police that included an officer-involved shooting.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- An armed man was taken into custody following an hourslong barricade in Long Beach on Saturday.

At one point, Long Beach officers discharged their weapons but there were no injuries reported.

The incident started just after 10 a.m. when officers responded to the 5200 block of East 25th Street on a report of a man pointing a gun at someone. Police say the man apparently had pointed a gun at a relative and threatened to shoot the person.

When officers got there, the suspect refused to surrender and barricaded himself inside the home. At one point, they say he refused to follow commands to drop his rifle and pointed it at officers. They fired at him but did not strike him.

He retreated into the home and the SWAT team responded to the scene. Neighbors were evacuated.

Negotiators tried for hours to get the man to peacefully surrender. Around 4:25 p.m., SWAT officers entered the home and took the man safely into custody.

It is believed the man was alone inside the home.

The man was identified as Michael Eugene Amacher, 55, of Long Beach. He was arrested for multiple counts of assault with a firearm.

Police say he was suffering from pre-existing medical conditions and was brought to a local hospital for treatment before booking.

Long Beach police say officers seized a rifle and a replica firearm from the scene.