The suspect in the recent officer-involved shooting has been booked into the Grays Harbor County jail for attempted assault 2nd degree. Undersheriff Brad Johansson with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said that the 28 year old Aberdeen man was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital after the incident occurred.
He was treated for a head wound that was a result of falling to the ground after the Taser application. The male was not struck with a bullet from the firearm that was discharged. The male had minor injuries from the fall.
Numerous Aberdeen officers were present during the incident as the event occurred in the parking lot of the police department. Detectives from the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team interviewed officers and civilians who had information or witnessed the event.
Witnesses describe that the suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs prior to approaching the officers in the police department parking lot. The suspect pounded on the windows of the police station and was pacing back and forth yelling in the police department parking lot. Several Aberdeen officers came out of the building to see what was going on. Officers describe that the male was armed with a large knife when he directed his attention towards the officers and came at them with the knife.
It appears that one officer fired his pistol and a different officer discharged a Taser at nearly the same time. The suspect fell to the ground where he was taken into custody and the officers rendered first aid until medics arrived.
If you witnessed this incident of have information that may be valuable to the case please contact Detective Sergeant Paul Logan at the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office. 360-964-1751. The case is still under active investigation.