Man flees from police; arrested for multiple felonies

A man is in custody after fleeing from police.

The Aberdeen Police Department says that they arrested a 55-year old Hoquiam man on Thursday after the man fled in the Olympic Gateway Plaza.

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APD says that the suspect had eight domestic violence related felonies against him as well as a $200,000 warrant for his arrest. Information also suggested that he was in possession of a stolen black Ford Mustang, and he was possibly driving the vehicle into the Aberdeen area to meet another person who had a Domestic Violence Restraining Order issued against them through Grays Harbor Superior Court .

When the Aberdeen sergeant began watching for the vehicle he was told that a suspicious Mustang was in East Aberdeen, and as officers approached the man began to flee toward the Wal-Mart parking lot.

APD states that the suspect yelled that he was armed with a firearm, reaching for his waistband and telling the officers they were going to have to
shoot him.

A Taser was used on the man, but did not incapacitate the man and officers tackled the suspect, taking him into custody following a brief struggle.

The report states that both police officers and the suspect sustained minor injuries.

The man told officers he claimed to have a gun because he wanted them to kill him.

Mental health professionals were notified and the suspect was booked on the eight original felonies (on the warrant), as well as a new ninth felony DV Court Order Violation and Resisting Arrest.

Traffic in the area was blocked off for about 20 minutes during the apprehension.

APD issued their appreciation to a number of witnesses who assisted in providing statements at the scene.