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The Region

May 20, 1987

Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a suspected burglar who they said "brushed away" barbs from an electronic Taser gun and attacked them with an iron skillet. Deputy Dave Tellez said the suspect, Eliberto Saldana, 20, of Los Angeles was discovered trying to break into the rear window of a grocery store in the 3600 block of Blanchard Street in East Los Angeles. Tellez said the man fought with two deputies when they tried to arrest him, wrestling one to the ground, brushed away barbs from a Taser gun fired by a third deputy and advanced on them with the skillet. All three, Tellez said, fired their guns at the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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