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UPDATED: Man with hatchet steals Pierce County sheriff’s patrol car, later arrested

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:25 am with 19 Comments »
February 6, 2012 11:57 am

UPDATED at 11:57 a.m.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a hatchet-wielding man who broke into a patrol car and drove off this morning.

Deputies suspect the man might have been on drugs during the encounter.

Deputies responded to a neighborhood complaint around 7:30 a.m. in the Graham area. They found the shirtless man walking around with a hatchet, “acting crazy,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The deputies deployed a Taser on the man but it was ineffective.

The man took the hatchet and broke out the window of a patrol car, climbed inside and drove off.

Troyer said the man drove the patrol car down 176th Street East and turned onto Canyon Road East. Deputies were able to disable the patrol car in the 10900 block of Canyon Road East.

The deputies got the man out of the car. He continued to be uncooperative.  The deputies deployed a Taser and took the man into custody.

The man sideswiped several cars, causing minor injuries.

No deputies were injured, Troyer said.

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  1. fivecardstud says:

    Really, No kidding, they arrested him. Why didn’t they just shoot him like they do to everyone else? They shoot the non violent people and don’t shoot the violent ones. I must have been absent the day they taught that.

  2. JimmyEOlson says:

    You were absent the day they taught lots of stuff.

  3. rocketman says:

    FIVECARDSTUD!!! The superhero,thug hugger that would never have to pull a weapon or use deadly force if he were “actually” the police.With all his training and experience,a real cape and a mask,guess he was absent that one day they talked about having to shoot at a criminal before they shoot you,that was an important day to miss.

  4. skippythedog says:

    Glad they got him….gotta admit, it would have been comical to see the deputy trying to make room on his partners passenger seat by frantically chucking all the patrol gear into the back, cussing the whole time :)

  5. Chippert says:

    So, do they leave the engines running with the car doors locked on patrol cars, or just the keys in the ignition? Just curious.

  6. The left seems to demonize cops and the right makes them sacred. Neither is correct. To the left I say: MOST cops are honest, hard-working folks who do a good job exercising balance between police power and the rights of individuals in a free society. To the right I say: SOME cops abuse police power and their fellow citizens, and most that do, get away with it their entire careers.

    Police power needs the scrutiny and support of a watchful, empowered citizenry. Blanket cop-bashers and blind cop-supporters trade away their credibility to participate in supporting lawful behavior among law-enforcers.

  7. @imanrn – That was very well articulated.

    @fivecardstud – urine idjit

  8. I agree……
    Just shoot him…

  9. ReadNLearn says:

    The concern is the next time this insane person might take his hatchet out on someone who doesn’t have a sidearm, taser and back up. If there was someone who needed to be dropped, it was this clown.

  10. No comment. Res ipsa loquitur.

  11. serendipity says:

    At least it was not our ax since a strange man tried to steal everything out of our garage two weeks ago. He told me he was looking for his dog. Well, he left but prior to that he took our first aid box out of our trailor.

    Our first aid box does not contain any meth or pot.

    I say stop the war on drugs, give people a place to go to get them if they remain housed there and keep them away from the rest of us and offer them treatment if they want it. As any 12-step program states, “I admitted I have no control.” Well, okay then. Let’s stop trying to control the addicts since they are playing us.

  12. bullman120 says:

    imanrn, the best post i have read on this site to date. i have been overly critical of the police in hopes the some, (or even one) would say enough and do something about the bad cops. unfortunately, it is the bad cops who get the headlines. the only one who can change the culture of abuse is the good cops themselves. there are many many good men and women wearing law enforcement uniforms, it is time for them to say enough, and report those that violate the public trust with their illegal, immoral, and unethical behavior.

  13. psycodug says:


  14. brigadeer says:

    “The man sideswiped several cars, causing minor injuries”

    Did you intend to say ‘causing minor damage?’

  15. psycodug says:

    good grief..

  16. powderhog says:

    The comments are comedy

  17. madmike272 says:

    serindipity – Really? A very stupid statement!

  18. ReadNLearn says:

    serendipity strongly defends child killers, child murderers and here blames the cops. Weird individual. It’d be good if they did investigate folks who write letters to the editor and reveal they’re bonkers.

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