A 30-year-old North County man who suffered a brain injury and multiple amputations after being repeatedly tased by a sheriff's deputy has agreed to settle his lawsuit.
According to court documents obtained by the Reader, Marcial Torres, through his attorneys, agreed to settle his lawsuit that he filed against the two deputies, the County of San Diego, and sheriff William Gore on January 25, 2017.
As reported in May of 2015, deputy Dylan Haddad was responding to a call from a woman who claimed that a group of hispanic males had threatened her near her Vista home. Torres, friends with the woman's son, had been at the home earlier and had left on foot. Deputy Haddad saw Torres walking through a nearby shopping center parking lot and began to follow him.
According to the complaint, Torres tossed a glass object on the ground and continued to walk in the opposite direction of Haddad. Haddad responded by firing his taser three consecutive times. Torres fell, suffering from a heart attack. Haddad did not stop, according to the complaint, firing several additional charges into Torres. Torres stopped breathing. Neither Haddad nor his partner Chase Fisher rendered aid to Torres.
The altercation was recorded on video surveillance cameras. The cameras, according to the lawsuit, captured Haddad with his taser drawn even before he approached Torres.
Paramedics arrived and transported Torres to Tri-City Hospital where he remained in a vegetative state for three weeks.
The repeated electrical charges resulted in brain damage, kidney damage, and later forced doctors to amputate both legs and several fingers.
The terms of the January 25 settlement have not yet been made public.