A traffic stop turned into much more in the Walgreens parking lot this afternoon. After blowing through a stop sign at the intersection of Beachcomber Boulevard and McCulloch Boulevard North around 2:07 p.m., a male driver in a silver vehicle was pursued by Lake Havasu City Police and eventually pulled into the Walgreens parking lot.
The male was non-compliant, according to LHCPD, refusing to step out of the vehicle and throwing various items at surrounding officers. Broken bottles and other items were scattered around the silver Chevy, which could possibly be a stolen vehicle, according to LHCPD. It remains under investigation.
Witnesses said officers had guns pulled and there was screaming.
After still refusing to comply about 30 minutes later, a “flash bang device” was used, which is used to temporarily disorient one’s senses. It is also known as a “stun grenade.”
The male driver was transported to the hospital shortly after. He remains unidentified at this point in the investigation, and Havasu Regional Medical Center was unable to confirm his state without a name.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff helicopter surveyed the scene from above, circling to maintain visuals on the situation. Multiple fire engines, ambulances and police patrol vehicles filled the parking lot, and Walgreens shoppers were told to remain indoors until the situation was clear.
The road was blocked off on Lake Havasu Avenue from Swanson Avenue to McCulloch Boulevard while the situation was ongoing.
This story is developing. It will be updated with new information as it becomes available.