Tasers Don't Subdue Subject; Officers Injured During Arrest
Tasers don't subdue subject; 2 officers injured during arrest
SCOTT GUTIERREZ THE OLYMPIAN
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 21-year-old man faces assault charges after a scuffle that
injured two police officers.
Several officers were called Wednesday night to subdue the man, who was
shouting, smashing his head against furniture and ransacking his
girlfriend's apartment at 2800 Limited Lane N.W.
Eventually the man was given several shots from electronic Tasers -- stun
weapons that normally drop unruly offenders to the ground. But they had no
effect on the man, and officers wrestled him to the floor and forced him
The scuffle caused other problems for the department.
An officer en route to back up his colleagues skidded on wet pavement and
crashed into a tow truck at a stoplight at Harrison Avenue and Kenyon
No one was seriously injured in the scuffle or the collision, but it made
for a strenuous night.
"With the cold weather, hopefully things calm down," Olympia police Sgt.
Keith Thuline said late Thursday.
Charles B. Smith of Olympia was booked into Thurston County Jail for
investigation of three counts of third-degree assault against the officers.
Police were awaiting results of a blood test to determine whether the man
was under the influence of drugs.
Other people who were at the apartment said he had smoked marijuana
beforehand, police reports say. One of the witnesses suspected the pot was
spiked, police reports say.
Police were called to the third-floor apartment about 10:30 p.m. amid
reports of a man going "crazy." Officers heard a woman screaming inside when
They confronted the man inside a bedroom with their Tasers drawn. Officers
told him to "freeze," but the 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound man lunged at them,
police reports say.
Officers fired the Tasers twice, delivering quick jolts of electricity. The
man remained standing and seemed unfazed, reports say.
Instead, he again advanced on officers, swinging his fists and striking one
officer in the face. Officers tried a few more times to subdue him with
Tasers to no avail, reports say.
Several officers piled on the man and forced him into handcuffs. He also was
placed in leg restraints so officers could carry him downstairs while he
struggled, reports say.
"It gets very scary," Thuline said. "That's where your training comes into
One officer's lip was bloodied, and another officer was scraped up, reports
Furniture inside had been broken and overturned, and a door was smashed,
Smith, who was bleeding from his head, was taken to Providence St. Peter
Hospital. He later told officers that he couldn't remember what happened.
The girlfriend told officers that Smith had tucked her into bed and then
entered her bathroom. She heard strange noises and got up to find him
smashing his head against the toilet bowl, reports say.
Police reports showed at least seven officers arrived at the incident.
The officer involved in the collision had the vehicle's lights and sirens on
and had a green light, but skidded on the pavement and lost control. The
front end was smashed and the tow truck's driver's side was crunched,
All officer-involved accidents are reviewed by the department, and
discipline can follow depending on the findings, Thuline said.
The cruiser was one of the department's oldest. Due to the age and damage,
the department has decided to replace it because repairs wouldn't be
cost-effective, Thuline said.