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Grass Valley police shock Olivehurst man with Taser
An Olivehurst man who allegedly was cutting his wrists and refusing to respond to commands to drop a knife was taken into custody today after Grass Valley police officers shocked him with a Taser gun.
Officers initially responded to a call of a man walking on West Main Street, cutting himself with a knife, at about 12:35 p.m., said Capt. Rex Marks.
They attempted to locate the man, initially with no success.
But more calls came in regarding the man, who was eventually located in the parking lot of a bank on Neal and Church streets, Marks said.
An officer confronted the man, who allegedly was trying to cut his wrists, but he “was unresponsive to commands to drop the knife,” Marks said.
The man — later identified as Daniel Paul Garcia III, 26 — continued to walk toward Mill Street, with the officer following him.
“He was chanting, but what he was saying was unclear,” Marks said.
Garcia allegedly continued to attempt to cut his wrists and refusing to drop the knife.
As Garcia approached an ATM at a second bank, other officers responded and shocked him with a Taser gun, Marks said. He then dropped the knife and was taken into custody.
Garcia sustained superficial cuts to his wrists and was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Marks said.
The incident remains under investigation, Marks said, adding that Garcia is currently facing charges of resisting arrest and possibly being under the influence of controlled substances.