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Polk County man hit with stun gun after throwing items at traffic

LAKE WALES — A man was shocked with a stun gun and had shots fired at him by deputies after he was seen throwing items at traffic Friday morning, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Around 9:30 a.m. along U.S. 27 just south of Lake Wales, Heriberto Mejia, 52, of Winter Haven was seen throwing large boards and other items toward traffic, deputies said.

Mejia hit at least one vehicle, a dump truck. The driver saw two deputies at a nearby Kangaroo Express convenience store at 14581 U.S. 27 N and pulled into the parking lot to report the incident, said Donna Wood, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies Paul Stroud, 29, and Stephen Theriac, 40, approached Mejia and told him to stop, deputies said.

"He began throwing objects, and when deputies attempted to take him into custody, he went berserk," Wood said.

Mejia threw an industrial lock toward the deputies, the Sheriff's Office said. It was then that Theriac used a stun gun to calm him down, but it was not effective.

Deputies said Mejia then threw a claw hammer toward the deputies. It was then that Stroud fired several rounds toward Mejia, deputies said. No one was injured. Wood was unsure how many shots were fired.

Wood said deputies don't know what caused Mejia to throw objects at vehicles.

Mejia was arrested and faces charges of criminal mischief, aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, resisting with violence and throwing a deadly missile, deputies said.

The two deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation has been completed by the Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Office Administrative Investigations Section and the State Attorney's Office.

Stroud has worked for the Sheriff's Office since 2010, Theriac since 1996.

Polk County man hit with stun gun after throwing items at traffic 11/26/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:33pm]
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