Sheriff's Dept. Investigate Suspect's Death After Taser Deployed in Lemon Grove

Two deputies used department issued Tasers on the suspect during the altercation

San Diego County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man who was involved in an altercation with authorities at a townhouse complex in the 8100 block of Lemon Grove Way.

The man was reportedly seen jumping fences into residents’ backyards to try to break into homes.

After making contact with the suspect in the common patio area around 8:15 a.m. Saturday, deputies said the man refused multiple orders to get on the ground.

Two deputies deployed department-issued Tasers, striking the suspect. The suspect went to the ground but still refused to comply, deputies said.

The deputies used the Tasers on the suspect again, with minimal effect, according to the SDSO. Eventually they were able to subdue the suspect and place him in handcuffs.

The deputies called for paramedics because a Taser had been used. The suspect was alert and still struggling with officers when the paramedics arrived, but once they began to evaluate him he became unresponsive, according to the sheriff's department.

The suspect was taken to the hospital. CPR was initiated en route to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead just before 12 p.m., officials said.

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.

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