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Sacramento deputy hit in face with bear spray during scuffle

Tyler G. Quintana
Tyler G. Quintana Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A deputy was sprayed in the face Tuesday evening in Carmichael with the aerosol usually reserved for deterring aggressive bears.

Deputies were called about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to the 6300 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard. Dispatchers received a call that a man was looking into vehicles parked in front of a business – and had done the same thing the prior evening.

The man who was seen peering into cars was also reportedly harassing customers, blocking customers from their vehicles and panhandling. Deputies responded and were patting down a suspect for weapons when he began to fight.

“It was a pretty lengthy fight as they were trying to detain him,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull. “The altercation lasted around five minutes.”

One of the officers was thrown into a flowerbed. When deputies tried to place handcuffs on the man a second time, he broke free and pulled out bear pepper spray.

The man, identified as Tyler Gene Quintana, 32, sprayed a deputy in the face. Other deputies responded and Quintana was eventually arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and the use of tear gas against an officer.

The deputy’s face was flushed with water and he was fine.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews