Huntington Beach riot: Fullerton firefighter among arrested

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(LATIMES) – One of the suspects arrested in connection with looting and rioting in Huntington Beach has been identified as a Fullerton firefighter.

Anaheim resident Michael John Lytle, 30, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the disturbance that broke out at sundown Sunday after the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing ended.

The firefighter, who was hired in February 2008, has been placed on paid leave while Fullerton city officials investigate, said Gretchen Beatty, director of human resources in Fullerton.

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SWAT officers responded to a beach disturbance after the U.S. Open of Surfing became rowdy. (Photo/KTLA)

Police arrested seven people in connection with the disturbance and said additional arrests were likely as they study the numerous photos and videos that were shot of people tipping over portable toilets, smashing a shop window, hurling traffic cones and wooden planks ripped from barricades, and taunting police.

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