Michael Rodriguez

Rodriguez

The Santa Maria Police Department used a less-lethal projectile round to subdue a man accused of assaulting an officer on Friday after a Taser failed.

Police responded to a report of a naked man lying in the middle of the road near Main Street and Smith Street. The man, Michael Rodriguez, allegedly attacked a responding officer, punching him in the head and face.

After a Taser was unsuccessfully used, Rodriguez fled to a nearby apartment building, where he put on clothes and reemerged.

Police say Rodriguez did not comply with officer commands and was shot with with a sponge projectile.

He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

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