The Santa Monica Police Department responded to a radio call reporting a man on the beach who was in possession of a holstered firearm on his hip.
SMPD officers also received additional information that the subject was possibly brandishing the gun, so officers arrived to the scene near Tower 28 to contact the man, according to department officials. Upon arrivals, officers noticed the man had a visible holstered firearm on his waist and said he was not immediately cooperative.
He was eventually detained, and during the officer’s investigation, they were unable to find a victim of the brandishing; however, the man was in possession of a handgun with a high capacity magazine, so the subject was placed under arrest, according to Lt. Joseph Cortez.
When speaking with the subject, officers became concerned about his mental health so he was placed on a mental evaluation hold.
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