VALLEY CENTER–A man armed with a machete was shot by Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday after he confronted and threw rocks at them, investigators said.
The officer-involved shooting took place just after 11:30 a.m. on a property located in the 29000 Lilac Road in Valley Center, according to Sheriff’s department.
When deputies arrived at the property, they were confronted by an individual who was identified as 23-year-old Miguel Zuniga. He was yelling and brandishing a machete in one hand and rocks in the other.
Deputies gave Zuniga commands to drop the machete and rocks and to lie on the ground. He refused to follow commands and began to throw rocks at the deputies. Zuniga then began to advance towards the deputies, still armed with the machete. One deputy fired multiple rounds from their bean bag shotgun and one deputy fired one or two rounds from their department issued handgun. The bean bag rounds struck Zuniga and the handgun rounds missed.
Zuniga retreated briefly and then confronted deputies again. With Zuniga still failing to follow commands to stop and lie down, deputies deployed a K-9 and taser. Both had minimal effects on Zuniga. Deputies wrestled with Zuniga and were eventually able to take him into custody and provide first aid until paramedics could arrive. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries from the K-9 contact and bean bag rounds.
Once released from the hospital, Zuniga will be booked into jail on multiple felony charges.