Man admits firing Taser at deputy

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guiltyVISTA, Calif. — A man who was shot by a deputy sheriff during a struggle in which he grabbed her Taser and fired it at her but missed, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony charges of assault and resisting an officer in performance of her duties.

Anthony Fernando Garcia, 21, will receive a two-year prison term at a June 12 sentencing hearing.

Garcia was shot by the deputy after he wrestled her electric stun gun away from her and fired it on May 22, 2013, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the deputy was dispatched to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Primrose Avenue to investigate a report of people smoking marijuana there, sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Once there, she found Garcia and three other people in a laundry room. Garcia became combative, leading to the struggle for the deputy’s Taser and him being shot with her service weapon, the lieutenant said.

The deputy was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released the same night.

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