A 41-year-old man who had a loaded handgun inside
his vehicle and was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run crash near Los
Angeles International Airport was arrested Sunday outside Terminal 2 when he
allegedly resisted police questioning.
The incident began about 8:45 a.m., when Los Angeles Airport police
officers were flagged down in front of Terminal 2 regarding a hit-and-run
accident that took place on northbound Sepulveda Boulevard in the tunnel south
of Century Boulevard, according to the department.
Officers located a suspect in the hit-and-run who was identified as
Faaliga Fuiava of Watts sitting in a white Chevrolet Avalanche at the curb
outside Terminal 2, according to the department.
As a safety precaution, officers removed Fuiava from his vehicle. Fuiava
allegedly became aggressive towards police during questioning and tried to
get back into his Avalanche. Officers forced Fuiava to the ground and then took
him into custody, according to the department.
A 12-year-old child who was inside the Chevrolet told officers there was
a loaded handgun in the car. Police found a loaded Glock semi-automatic
pistol in the center console, according to the department.
Fuiava was then arrested for alleged possession of a stolen gun,
outstanding warrants, child endangerment and resisting arrest.
Fuiava was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in
the police takedown and was going to be booked at the Los Angeles Police
Department’s Pacific Division Jail, according to the department.
City News Service
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