A long, drawn-out overnight encounter with Stockton Police leaves one 35-year-old man dead.
It all started when police responded to a call of an intoxicated family member at a home on Martinique Court off North El Dorado Street around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Initial reports indicated the man was vandalizing a home with a hammer.
When officers arrived to the scene, the man was outside wielding a claw hammer and was not cooperating.
“In this situation, after we used verbal commands, the man did not comply, " Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said. "So officers at that point used tasers, which had no effect."
Officers then deployed a K-9 to apprehend the suspect, but he became violent, and attacked the dog handler while retrieving the K-9.
At that time, two police officers fired their service weapons.
The suspect immediately received medical treatment, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The K-9 was treated for injuries, and is now back with its handler.