STOCKTON (CBS13) — A man is not only suspected of trying to start a fire at a Stockton-area market, authorities say he also allegedly swung an improvised weapon at a deputy.
The chaotic incident happened late Thursday afternoon along the 2200 block of B Street in Stockton.READ MORE: Researchers: ‘Solar Canals' In California Could Save Water, Fight For Climate Change
According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a market in that area after a man was reportedly trying to light a fire. The suspect had lit a box on fire near a propane tank, deputies soon discovered.READ MORE: Shock G, Off-Kilter Leader Of Bay Area's Digital Underground, Dead At 57
Deputies approached the suspect, but he tried to run. One deputy chased after him – and it was at this point that the suspect allegedly pulled out a weapon made out of a leash and weighted wheel. The suspect then started swinging it over his head and then tried to hit the deputy with it, the sheriff’s office says.
The suspect – identified as 46-year-old Cesar Guzman – eventually started running in and out of traffic, prompting the deputy to fire a stun gun at him. Deputies say the suspect kept fighting them for several minutes after he was stunned, but he was eventually taken into custody.MORE NEWS: 'The Damage Is Bad': Sacramento Neighbors Fed Up After Wayward Golf Balls Keep Hitting Homes, Cars
Guzman has since been booked into San Joaquin County Jail after being medically evaluated at a hospital. He’s facing charges of attempted arson, resisting arrest by force, and assault with a deadly weapon.