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Burglary suspect shot by police with beanbag shotgun in Pacoima dies in hospital

May 20, 2011 |  3:16 pm

Tam A burglary suspect believed to be under the influence of narcotics died six days after Los Angeles police used a beanbag shotgun to subdue him in Pacoima, police said Friday.

Victor Preciado, 32, of Van Nuys died Tuesday in a hospital, where he lapsed into a coma shortly after being detained, police said.

He was arrested May 11 after police discovered him apparently under the influence and holding what looked like a knife, later determined to be a pair of garden shears.

Officers said they went to the 10600 block of Tamarack Avenue on a report that a man had burglarized an automotive shop in the area and saw Preciado trying to open the front door of a residence.

The officers ordered him in both English and Spanish to drop his weapon, but he declined. The officers then used a less-lethal beanbag shotgun to subdue him.

The officers, according to an LAPD statement, struck him several times, eventually causing him to drop his weapon.


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Graphic: Map shows the location where police subdued a man with a beanbag shotgun. Source: Google Maps