A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy used his Taser to control a woman who became violent after climbing on top of a house in the Mayfair District on Monday morning and refusing to come down.
Christina Valenzuela, 28, described by sheriff’s officials as a transient, climbed on top of a roof in the 3500 block of East Weldon Avenue around 10:15 a.m. When deputies arrived, they found Valenzuela laying on her stomach and speaking gibberish, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies tried to talk Valenzuela into coming down voluntarily but she refused. Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene with inflatable air bags and a truck with a basket.
When Valenzuela continued to refuse requests to come down, deputies got on the roof to reason with her. Valenzuela became combative as deputies approached, the sheriff’s office said, and hit one deputy on his head. The other deputy received an injury to his hand.
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One deputy used his Taser on Valenzuela which allowed others to grab her and put her in handcuffs. Valenzuela was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and put in psychiatric hold. The deputies received minor injuries.
Valenzuela will later be booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and violently resisting arrest.