Miguel Zuniga was discovered by police officers after a call by a person who lives on Lilac Road, in Valley Center on Wednesday. He was found to be holding a machete and walking around brandishing this weapon.
He refused to talk to the deputies and immediately took to a fighting stance, resorting to confrontation. He used both his machete and some rocks.
Zuniga definitely was not using logic when he went and threw the rocks at the deputies and then came at them. One of the deputies deployed a beanbag gun in his direction, while another used a taser to slow him down.
All authorities involved in the situation did not want it to escalate, so they did their best to use non-lethal force to take him into custody.
The suspect then used his machete to fight off a police dog after all other methods the deputies used to subdue him failed.
One deputy shot his handgun at the suspect, but the bullet did not meet its target. Eventually the deputies wrested him to the ground. The suspect, Zuniga, suffered minor injuries from the ordeal.
Deputies were not injured in the shooting, according to Nelson. It was not immediately known if Zuniga, who lives on the property and is possibly related to the homeowner, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Nelson said. He may face charges related to resisting arrest. The suspect threw rocks at the deputies then advanced in their direction, the lieutenant said. One deputy used a beanbag gun, another used a Taser to slow him down, but neither appeared to deter the Zuniga, Nelson said. Deputies then sent a police dog, but the suspect fought off the animal.