Man in custody after attacking ambulance in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man is in custody after allegedly attacking an ambulance with an oxygen tank Thursday morning.

Brandon Howard, 30, was at an emergency room in Hillcrest when, for unknown reasons, security asked the man to leave just before 3:30 a.m., according to San Diego police. As he was being forcibly removed from the premises, Howard grabbed an oxygen tank from a wheelchair and began vandalizing the hospital and an ambulance parked outside, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said.

Officers, who used a taser on Howard with no effect, finally subdued him with the use of a pepper ball gun, Cali said. Howard had no medical need to be at the hospital and had been causing trouble there earlier, according to Cali.

No one was injured in the incident. Howard was booked on suspicion of vandalism.

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