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Prisoner at medical center killed by San Diego sheriff's deputy

September 1, 2012 |  8:45 pm

A prisoner undergoing treatment Saturday at the UC San Diego Medical Center was shot and killed by a San Diego County sheriff's deputy after attacking the deputy with a "length of chain," police said.

The 45-year-old prisoner had been taken to the hospital from the downtown jail after an earlier attack on jail deputies, according to Capt. Terry McManus. The prisoner was receiving a CT scan for his injuries when he managed to remove his chain restraints and attack one of the deputies who were guarding him, McManus said.

Deputies attempted to subdue the prisoner by striking him with their batons and using a Taser, but they were unsuccessful, McManus said. When the prisoner "aggressively moved" toward a deputy  "armed with a length of chain," the deputy shot him.

The prisoner's name was not released. The deputy was described only as a seven-year veteran of the department.


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