Macario Cisnero Garcia, 54, of Pleasanton was pronounced dead at South Texas Regional Medical Center early Monday morning.
About two hours earlier, around 3:30 a.m., Garcia had been pursued by Atascosa County Sheriff D. Kaufman. The deputy attempted to stop his vehicle for a traffic violation in Pleasanton. The vehicle refused to stop for about a half of a mile then finally stopped in a driveway.
According to Sheriff David Soward, the deputy made contact with the driver. He refused to comply with the officer’s commands. Garcia placed his hand in his pocket and then allegedly swung at the deputy who deployed his Taser.
The officer arrested the subject for Evading Arrest and Resisting Arrest, handcuffed and then walked Garcia back to the patrol vehicle. After a few minutes, he collapsed and EMS was called to the scene.
An autopsy has been ordered.
Sheriff Soward will offer no further information until the investigation by the Texas Rangers is complete. “At this time, it appears the deputy acted within the law and department policy,” said Soward.
Garcia’s sister, Janie Peña, had no comment when contacted.