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Parolee dies after deputies shoot him with Taser

September 18, 2010 |  2:54 pm

A 48-year-old man died early Saturday after being Tased by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly attacked and threatened to kill them, authorities said.

Two deputies were patrolling the area near Firestone Boulevard and the 5 Freeway in La Mirada just before 1 a.m. when they approached two men with a dog standing behind a pickup truck in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel, said Lt. Pat Nelson of the Sheriff’s Department's Homicide Bureau.

As one of the men put the dog into the cab of the truck, he elbowed one of the deputies and tried to knock the other down before running away, Nelson said. Deputies chased him through the parking lot as he zig-zagged between parked cars and appeared to reach for his waistband, leading them to believe he was armed.

He then attacked the deputies a second time, knocking each of them to the ground and trying to disarm one of them during the struggle. The deputies said the man threatened to kill them before one of the deputies shot him with a Taser stun gun to subdue and handcuff him.

Moments later, the man became unresponsive and deputies administered CPR until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The man, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, was a parolee who had served time for narcotics charges, vehicular manslaughter and evading arrest, investigators said.

They said he was in possession of what appeared to be heroin and methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

No weapon was recovered.

The deputies, who were not identified, were not injured.

As in all officer-involved deaths, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the sheriff's Internal Affairs Bureau and the Office of Independent Review also responded to monitor the investigation.

-- Tony Barboza