Assault in Elma leads to injuries

An assault in Elma leads to a deputy being injured as well as the suspect.

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office tells KXRO that just before 8:30am in the morning on Wednesday, a deputy responded to an assault complaint at the mobile home park at 15 Murray Place in Elma.

The Sheriff’s Office says a 49 year old Elma man who lives with one of the mobile home residents, attempted to break into a neighbor’s residence and assault the female neighbor.

According to the Sheriff’s Office the man got into an altercation with the woman and her boyfriend, before fleeing the location.  Due to the man allegedly attempting to break into the residence and ultimately assaulting the residents, that situation was then a 1st degree burglary.

The Sheriff’s Office says when the deputy attempted to take him into custody, the man attacked the deputy, and a taser was used but had no effect.

The deputy was eventually able to physically subdue the man and take him into custody.  According to the Sheriff’s Office the deputy received minor scrapes and scratches as a result of the altercation and the Elma man received contusions to his facial area.

The Sheriff’s Office says it was evident that the man was under the influence of narcotics and he was transported to Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma for treatment.

The man was eventually released and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where he was booked for Burglary 1st degree, Assault 3rd degree, resisting arrest, and on a $10,000 warrant for fail to appear on a Driving Under the Influence charge from Thurston County.

The deputy was also treated at Summit Pacific for his injuries and was relegated to report writing for the day, he will be off on regularly scheduled days off, but he is expected to return to work next week.

Additional deputies and officers from Elma and McCleary Police Departments, and Washington State Patrol, assisted with the call.



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