Man dies after deputies shoot him with a Taser in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - Detectives are investigating the death of a man shot with a stun gun while struggling with deputies at a Hobby Lobby in San Marcos.

According to Lt. Rich Williams, a store employee called authorities Saturday to report a man staggering and possibly under the influence of drugs. 
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the situation in the Hobby Lobby at 553 Grand Ave. at 3:45 p.m. with the assistance of a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) clinician.

After attempting to contact the man inside the store, he became uncooperative and deputies then attempted to restrain him.

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After being shot with a stun gun the man was detained and put in hand and leg restraints; yet continued to violently struggle with deputies and spit at them.

Deputies believed the man was suffering from a drug overdose so they gave him Naloxone.

"The San Marcos Fire Department arrived and transported the suspect to the hospital. His condition deteriorated during transport and he arrived at the hospital in medical distress," Williams said.

Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital emergency room at 4:30 p.m.

The name of the suspect was not released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin by the Medical Examiner's Office. The cause and manner of death will also be determined by the Medical Examiner.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321, or (858) 565-5200 after hours. To remain anonymous call (888) 580-8477.

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