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Peninsula Park Ranger Uses Stun Gun On Man Walking Dogs Off-Leash

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Dog Walker Gary Hesterberg was shot with a stun-gun in San Mateo County (San Mateo Sheriff)

Dog Walker Gary Hesterberg was shot with a stun-gun in San Mateo County (San Mateo Sheriff)

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MONTARA (CBS/AP) — A park spokesman said a man walking his dogs in San Mateo County was hit with a stun gun only after it “developed into a more serious law enforcement situation.”

Passers-by in the Rancho Corral de Tierra section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area said they were astonished when the female ranger stunned Gary Hesterberg in the back on Sunday.

Park spokesman Howard Levitt said Hesterberg was initially stopped for walking his dogs without a leash. Levitt said Hesterberg gave a false name and ignored an order to stay.

Levitt said the encounter is being reviewed just like any other use of force by a law enforcement officer. The unidentified ranger remains on the job.

Hesterberg could not be reached for comment.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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