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Manteca man dies after deputies Taser him

4:05 PM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
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MERCED, Calif. (AP) -- Merced County sheriff's officials say a 35-year-old man died after deputies used a stun gun and released a K-9 to try to subdue him.

The incident began early Thursday morning when authorities responded to reports of a man fighting with a homeowner in the driveway of a residence around Merced.

A deputy who responded to the home spotted a man run into a nearby field. Sheriff's officials say the deputy tried unsuccessfully to subdue the man with a stun gun. A second deputy then released a K-9, but sheriff's officials say the suspect was able to toss the dog aside.

The man stopped breathing when he was eventually taken into custody. The cause of his death has not been determined.

The Associated Press

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