Fullerton Firefighter One of Eight Arrested After HB Riots

Michael John Lytle On Paid Administrative Leave Pending Investigation

A Fullerton firefighter is one of the eight suspects arrested in connection with Sunday night’s unrest after the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gretchen Beatty, Fullerton’s director of human resources, told the Times that he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a personnel investigation and that Huntington Beach police will conduct a criminal investigation. Lytle was off-duty at the time of his arrest.
The Orange County Register reported that Lytle has worked for the Fullerton Fire Department since February 2008.
Besides Lytle, seven other men were arrested in connection with the disturbances in Huntington Beach, where mobs of people smashed windows, vandalized property and looted shops in the city’s downtown area. The unrest happened at the close of the annual nine-day surfing competition, which draws around half a million people each year.
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