Woman’s death after fighting with police under investigation

Hoquiam – An investigation is ongoing after a mentally ill woman, who fought with officers and was tased, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

The Hoquiam Police Department tells KXRO that on Monday November 21 at about 11:45am they were sent to a reported assault between two clients at a group home in the 300 block of N Street.

They say a caregiver at the home reported a physical altercation between the two women who were residents of the home.

This group home houses patients dealing with chronic mental health issues and there were mental health professionals at the home due to the earlier assault.

An ambulance was called by the police for the 53-year old woman who was the victim of the assault and a second officer responded to the scene to assist.

The Hoquiam Police Department says that while the victim was being tended to by Hoquiam paramedics in the front room, the 35-year old woman who was the suspect in the assault, who had been separated from the victim in another room, suddenly became combative.

They say the two officers struggled with the woman as she fought with the officers and the fight carried the three across the kitchen and out onto an enclosed back porch.

HPD says officers used a TASER and continued to struggle with female until they were finally able to get her onto the floor where she was then handcuffed.

According to the police after being handcuffed, the female suddenly became unresponsive and the paramedics in the front of the home were called to the back porch to help.

Paramedics treated the female at the scene before she was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A second aid crew transported the 53-year old victim to the hospital for treatment for injuries she received in the earlier assault.

The Hoquiam Police department requested the assistance of the ’s Office to conduct a death investigation.

The two officers at the scene were reassigned to administrative duties until they could be interviewed by sheriff’s office detectives.

The Grays Harbor County Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Wednesday.


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