OCEANSIDE

Assault Suspect Dies After Being Subdued With Taser in Oceanside

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A man who allegedly vandalized an Oceanside neighborhood and attempted to attack responding officers with a metal object died on the MiraCosta College campus when he was subdued with a stun gun, according to authorities.

The Oceanside Police Department said it received numerous calls of vandalism, burglary and assault in the 3500 block of Strawberry Place at about 3:15 a.m. Residents reported that a man had thrown rocks at houses, cars, ran through the inside of a neighbor's home and attacked another man with a metal object.

Officers located the suspect near MiraCosta College and engaged in a foot pursuit. The man refused to comply with officers and attempted to attack them with an object that was later determined to be a windshield wiper arm and blade, prompting police to deploy a Taser.

The man's pulse fluctuated and despite lifesaving efforts made by authorities, the man died near the campus' theatre.

Police did not release the suspect's name, but only identified him as a man in his late-40s.

One neighbor told NBC 7 this wasn't the first time the suspect had a run-in with officers. During another confrontation, the man was restrained because of his aggression toward police.

“So we came around the corner and we looked and we saw this guy on the gurney and noticed that something was different – it was that he had what’s called a spit mask on him because apparently he was spitting at the police officers, trying to bite at them," neighbor Jefferson Drexler said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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