Machete-wielding man fights off K-9 in confrontation with deputies
VALLEY CENTER, Calif. – A machete-wielding man fought off a police dog after being shot by sheriff's deputies with a non-lethal compliance devices – including a bean bag gun and Taser – in Valley Center Wednesday, authorities said.
A person living on a property on Lilac Road, near Hideaway Lake Road, called law enforcement just before noon to report a man armed with a machete who was walking around, San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Ken Nelson said.
At least three deputies went to the location where they found 23-year-old Miguel Zuniga armed with a machete and some rocks. He refused to talk to the deputies and took a fighting stance, Nelson said.
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The suspect threw rocks at the deputies then advanced in their direction, the lieutenant said. One deputy used a beanbag gun, another used a Taser to slow him down, but neither appeared to deter the Zuniga, Nelson said. Deputies then sent a police dog, but the suspect fought off the animal.
Deputies ended up wrestling the suspect to the ground and taking him into custody.
At least one deputy shot his handgun, but authorities said the bullet did not hit the suspect.
Medics took the Zuniga, who suffered minor injuries, to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Nelson said.
Deputies were not injured in the shooting, according to Nelson.
It was not immediately known if Zuniga, who lives on the property and is possibly related to the homeowner, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Nelson said.
He may face charges related to resisting arrest.