(BEFORE THE COMING OF THE ANTI-MEDICAL MARIHUANA LAWS)
THE TERRIBLE EFFECTS OF MEDICAL MARIHUANA
Sacramento Bee – June 21, 1932 – page 1
“MAN CRAZED ON NARCOTICS SHOT IN FIGHT BY OFFICER”
Desperate Battle Climaxed As Policeman Resorts To Gun
CARRYING STOLEN GOODS WHEN CAUGHT
Billy Club Fails To Stop Attack Of Marijuana-Filled Mexican
A DESPERATE struggle shortly before daybreak between Patrolman Fred S. Lagomasino and a marajuana-crazed Mexican was climaxed when the officer was forced to shoot and critically wound the man in self defense.
The officer stopped the Mexican for questioning when the latter emerged from the alley between L And M streets at Fifth, shortly before 4 o’clock with a brief case and an automobile robe in his possession.
Identified at Station.
The Mexican Identified by Captain Max P. Fisher of the police bureau of Identification as Burenaro Narez, 26, kicked at the officer when the latter questioned him concerning the brief case and robe.
Whipping his billy club from his pocket. Lagomasino struck Narez on the head with such force the baton broke in half. The blow instead of felling the Mexican, seemingly increased his strength and he grappled with the officer in an attempt to obtain the latter’s revolver.
Breaking loose from Narez, Lagomasino drew the gun from his holster and struck the enraged man on the head with the butt. Before the officer could again strike the Mexican the latter was making a desperate attempt to wrest the gun from his grasp.
Finally succeeding in breaking away, Lagomasino stepped back two feet and fired, the bullet entering Nariz’ abdomen near the right hip. The bullet emerged through the back.
“It was one or the other of us and I realized a further effort to subdue the man without shooting was useless.”
When the shot struck Narez he fell to the ground and he was then handcuffed by Lagomasino. The officer summoned the police ambulance and the wounded man was taken to the emergency hospital and later transferred to the Sacramento Hospital.
Lagomasino said Narez admitted on the way to the hospital he had stolen the auto robe and brief case. The police believe the articles were taken from a parked automobile or a room.
Long Criminal Record.
Captain Fisher identified Narez at the hospital as a man with a lengthy criminal record. Last April he was given a sixty-day “floater” out of Sacramento when he was convicted on a vagrancy charge following his arrest as a suspected room prowler.
He was arrested in September 1930, in Salinas on suspicion of burglary, and in January of this year he was sentenced to sixty days in the Fresno County Jail for possession of narcotics. Since 1925 he has been arrested five times in Los Angeles on misdemeanor charges.
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