Tacoma police said a 32-year-old man was so enraged that his sons were awake too late that he choked them until an uncle intervened.
The man, who was believed to be drunk, was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of assault of a child and resisting arrest.
Officers responded to an apartment in the 300 block of E. Wright Avenue about 1:15 a.m. after neighbors a half block away reported hearing yelling and fighting.
When the officer walked upstairs, he saw two men trying to restrain another man from entering a bedroom. Those two men complied with the officer’s orders to place their hands on the wall but the third man was combative.
He was eventually hit with a taser gun and placed in handcuffs.
The man earlier noticed two of his children – two boys, ages 9 and 10 – were still awake and began choking them until their uncle pulled him away.
Police took the boys and two girls, ages 6 and 7, to a hospital to be checked out. Medical staff reported possible signs of prior abuse, including infected rashes and bruising.
An 11-month-old boy was also removed from the home and placed with Child Protective Services.
The mother was out of town due to a death in the family, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.