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Deputy-Involved Shooting Reported in Valley Center

This is the third deputy-involved shooting this month for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

A man armed with a machete and rocks was shot several times with several types of weapons in a confrontation with authorities, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) said Wednesday.

Deputies were called to a home at Lilac and Hideaway Lake roads in Valley Center just after noon. Deputies were told a suspect on the property was armed with a machete, according to Lt. Kenn Nelson.

Nelson said preliminary information from deputies and witnesses suggest there was a man holding a rock in one hand and a machete in the other.

The man, identified as 23-year-old Miguel Zuniga, was throwing rocks at one point and yelling at the deputies in Spanish, Nelson said.

When Zuniga failed to comply with deputies' commands, they used several means to take him into custody ranging from a bean-bag gun, a Taser, a K-9 and a department-issued handgun, according to Nelson.

The bean bag rounds struck Zuniga but the two rounds from the department-issued handgun missed, according to SDSO. When he continued to advance towards deputies, they deployed a K-9 and a Taser.

Zuniga was eventually taken into custody, Nelson said.

Deputies believe Zuniga may be a friend or family member of the property owner. He suffered minor injuries from the Taser, the bean-bag gun and the K-9.

He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. He will be booked into jail on multiple felony charges after his release from the hospital, SDSO said.

Deputies are not sure if Zuniga is a resident of San Diego County.

NBC 7 Chopper showed two locations where there is crime scene tape. One location is the property at the 29500 block of Lilac Rd. The second is the Lilac Market shopping center.


Sheriff Bill Gore was on scene for approximately a half-hour and told NBC 7 he had already spoken with the deputy who fired at the nearby sheriff’s station.


This is the third deputy-involved shooting this month for the SDSO:

May 10: Deputies fatally shot a motorist following a short pursuit over back-country roads east of Barona Casino. A Barona Tribal Enforcement officer reported that a driver tried to hit an officer with a truck. Deputies David Williams, Aaron Brooke, Patrick Farber and Matthew Addenbrooke were identified as those involved in the shooting.

May 15: A suspect accused of stabbing an employee at a Rubio's in Solana Beach was fatally shot by a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy in Del Mar. Deputy Noah Zarnow, a five-year veteran assigned to the North Coastal Station, was identified as the deputy involved.

Just last weekend, a man died after he was involved in a confrontation with deputies in Lemon Grove. Video captures the attempt by two deputies to take Mark Roshawn Adkins into custody on May 20. They were responding to the report of a man jumping a fence into backyards and attempting to enter condos. Adkins, 54, was struck by the Tasers of two deputies in the struggle. He lost consciousness while being treated by emergency personnel at the scene and later died at a hospital.

On March 1, two deputies were involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a gated San Marcos community. Deputies Brian Bloomberg and Matthew Shull responded to a report of an intruder inside a home on Edgewater Drive. Isidro Bazan Jr., 34, a transient, was killed in the confrontation after he was struck in the torso.

There were also fatal deputy-involved shootings in Encinitas in October 2016, one in Vista and one in Poway both in August 2016, one in Alpine in May 2016 and one in Campo in February 2016.

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