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Posted: 7:36 p.m., Updated 8:30 p.m., Updated: 11:40 p.m.

By Andrea Swayne

A standoff between a man with a gun and Laguna Beach Police—that had a section of Coast Highway between Crown Valley Parkway and 7th Avenue closed for over four hours—has ended.

The suspect, a 42-year-old Los Angeles man in a black Mustang, surrendered and was taken into custody Wednesday shortly before 10 p.m., about 30 minutes after police shot tear gas into the vehicle, said Sgt. Louise Callus of the Laguna Beach Police Department at about 10:30 p.m.

“We are still cleaning up in the area but expect to reopen Coast Highway within the next hour or two,” she said.

Police in Laguna Beach first began receiving 911 calls at about 5:30 p.m. reporting a five-car collision at Coast Highway and Vista Del Sol in south Laguna.

A man reportedly went to check on the driver of a black Mustang involved in the crash and called police after seeing a gun in the driver’s car, Callus said.

Laguna Beach police responded with guns drawn and the suspect initiated the standoff by refusing deputies’ instructions to exit the vehicle.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was requested to assist with traffic control shortly after 6 p.m.

OCSD deputies, including units from Dana Point, blocked access from Dana Point into Laguna Beach via northbound Coast Highway at Crown Valley Parkway, said Laguna Beach officer Lt. Steve Gil.

Southbound access into the area through Laguna, at Coast Highway and 7th Avenue, was also shut off.

The immediate area was evacuated and nearby residents were advised to remain indoors.

According to an update early on during the incident by Dana Point Police, possible shots were fired when Laguna Beach Police responded to the crash, although it remains unclear whether the suspect, officers or both were responsible for any gunfire.

The OCSD SWAT Team also responded.

No injuries were reported.

Stay tuned for updates.



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comments (8)

  • Way to go Andrea! Great coverage of this and I think you were the first to report. At the time of your first article, there was nothing on the OC Register site or any other news site that I could find, you beat them all!

  • As I was driving through Laguna,on my way home to Dana Point- Police officers were driving up and down PCH advising motorists to turn their vehicles around and head back to Laguna. That was it, there wasn’t any form of explanation. I find it scary and totally negligent of the officers for not informing me or anyone for that matter about the actual events- there were people walking along side of traffic into Dana Point. Don’t you think those walking pedestrians would’ve appreciated being told that they are walking past a parking lot that is holding a gunman. Since I live in Niguel Shores which is the next intersection on PCH from Crown Valley Pkwy I thought it was ridiculous to turn around and literally be forced to drives miles out of my way with no explanation.

  • In DP. You are the only news org reporting
    this. Sounded like a war zone! Thanks for
    keeping us informed.

  • CINDY, I hope the Police and Emergeny Officers are able to give you DETAILS of an ongoing investingation before asking you to be inconviencied. How RUDE of them not to tell CINDY what was going on.!I had a 2+ hr drive…it was brutal , but Thanks DP and Lauguan Police.

  • Thank you for the coverage and updates. Saw/heard the helicopters hovering and checked Facebook, the sheriff’s blotter and OC Register – nothing. DP Times came through, with news I could use. I posted links and updates on Facebook.

  • Andrea:
    Great work getting it out so soon…Great writing too.

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