Police apprehend man refusing to give up machete

Officers from the Murrieta Police Department used a bean bag weapon and taser to subdue and take into custody a man with a machete who was...

Officers from the Murrieta Police Department used a bean bag weapon and taser to subdue and take into custody a man with a machete who was resisting arrest, authorities said.

Officers responded about 7 p.m. Tuesday to a business in the 25300 block of Madison Avenue near Murrieta Hot Springs Road, according to a news release. A man witnesses said had been loitering in front of businesses with a knife in his hand was by then standing in a local business and refusing to leave. An employee and customer had retreated to a secure part of the building.

An officer directed the man to put down the knife, which was identified as a machete. The suspect refused to do so and demanded the officer shoot and kill him. Several additional officers arrived, contained the area and began negotiating with the suspect. When he continued to ignore orders, officers used the bean bag weapon and taser and the man was taken into custody.

The suspect was treated at a local hospital for injuries consistent with "extended range impact weapon" deployment. The injuries were minor, police said.

An investigation determined that the man was in need of a mental evaluation and had not threatened anyone with the machete. He was transported to the Riverside County Mental Health Facility for treatment after his release from the hospital.

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