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Drugged Man Gets Tasered and Keeps Fighting with Deputies



West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man appearing to be under the influence of drugs this evening and ended up in a fight with the suspect. The man’s heart may have stopped after they hit him with a Taser multiple times in an attempt to subdue him.

The man was later identified as 27 year old Daniel Dubiel.

The incident unfolded around 7:10PM when numerous calls came in via 911 about a shirtless man running into traffic and almost being hit by cars around Santa Monica Blvd and Hayworth. The reports said that he appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. At one point, the man was said to have laid down in the street and attempted to put his head under the wheel of an MTA bus.

Sheriff, Fire and Rescue personnel on Santa Monica Blvd after fight with violent male. (Photo: Sarah Peachez for Weho Daily)

An employee of the “Baby Blues” restaurant jumped into the situation to restrain the suspect in a headlock for the suspect’s own safety.

When the first deputies arrived on the scene to investigate, the man immediately began fighting with them. Numerous deputies began to respond with lights and sirens to assist. After several deputies and a sergeant at the scene could not subdue the man and the suspect continued to fight, the deputies deployed a Taser

After a few minutes of fighting, deputies broke out a taser and apparently got the man under control for a few moments. They radioed to inform other responding deputies that the fight had ended, however moments later the fight again resumed and the man and the Taser was deployed for a second time.

By this time, the fire department had arrived to the scene to provide medical assistance and they rolled in after Dubiel was finally handcuffed. The Sheriff’s department reported that he had lost consciousness at some point during the fight. Weho Daily readers on the scene reported that they were conducting CPR on the suspect.

Dubiel was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in unknown condition, accompanied by deputies.  He remained in the hospital as of Sunday morning, according to the Sheriff’s station.  He is looking at charges including resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Department informs us that the District Attorney filed a felony charge of resisting a peace officer against Dubiel based on the investigation by West Hollywood Station detectives the reports in this incident.   The suspect admitted during interviews to being addicted to Methamphetamine and was delusional as a result of his intoxication. Two of the officers involved in the incident were injured as a result. The suspect was given an OK to book and was transported to and booked at West Hollywood Station, on April 18, 2011.

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  1. John

    April 16, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    I was there and I think they beat the man litterally to death

  2. John Q Citizen

    April 17, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    @John, you are an idiot. Im sure the large amounts of meth in his system had absolutely nothing to do with his heart stopping, right?

  3. Shane Simpson

    April 17, 2011 at 3:33 AM

    I was there too and I think it’s amazing that the deputies showed the restraint that they did. This guy laid down under my car and was fighting with a citizen before the cops got here. He was punching and kicking at him and looked to have superhuman strength. I’m just glad no innocent bystanders were hurt by this guy. I can’t say I feel bad for a guy who gets high out of his mid, gets violent, and then suffers consequences. Thank you to the deputies for keeping us safe. None of us would want to have grappled with that guy, and that includes “John” whether he admits it or not.

  4. Karin

    April 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    He laid down in front of my car too and asked me to call the police. Sad thing is he told me he just found out he had AIDS.

  5. eddie gossling

    April 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    not to be too off topic here but that 76 has decent gas prices.

  6. Luis

    April 19, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Can we get an update on the status of the suspect?

  7. Ricardo

    April 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    My cousin works at the hospital where he is. Sounds like he made a full recovery with only a couple of bruises.

    Apparently he has a thing against cops and has picked fights with several departments. In Houston, he fought so hard he ended up cracking his skull. They said he was on meth, weed and psych meds all mixed together in this current incident. Sounds like just a matter of time before he does it again.

  8. admin

    May 3, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Since there has been some talk about the amount of force used, I wanted to add my own observations from listening to the incident. The Sheriff deals with people on meth every day, along with people who are mentally unstable for other reasons. From my experience listening to many similar incidents, this was one of the most out of control, combative subjects that I have ever heard them deal with. From everything I heard, I’m convinced this guy put up a huge fight to the end. He wasn’t even stopped by the first Taser and with numerous deputies trying to restrain him. If the guy’s head made a dent in the car it had to be because he was fighting them, not because they were being heavy handed with him. The guy WOULD NOT STOP… I’m at a loss to understand what anyone might think could have been done differently.

  9. Tito of Weho

    May 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    @John Q Citizen

    John just expressed what he thought he saw and you call him an idiot. You’re immature if you insult everybody that has a different opinion than you.

    shaking my head

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