A 24-year-old Tacoma man injured two police officers Monday night while struggling to keep from being taken for a mental health evaluation.
Police were called to the family’s home in the 2300 block of Browns Point Boulevard about 10:30 p.m. after the man told dispatchers his parents touched him inappropriately.
When officers arrived, they found the parents deadbolted inside their bedroom. They told police they’d locked themselves inside because their son, who reportedly suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was banging against their door threatening to kill them if they didn’t give him a cigarette.
After telling the man he was going to see a mental health professional, he allegedly grabbed one officer and dragged him to the front yard, punching and jabbing as he went.
A taser malfunctioned and the officer was not able to free himself. Eventually, the second officer was able to stun the man with another taser gun.
While police struggled to control the man, he bit one of the officers on the arm and continued to try and punch them.
Officers were told there was no room at a secure mental facility for a violent offender, so the man was booked at Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and two counts of felony harassment-domestic violence.
The officer who the man assaulted sought treatment at a local hospital and was cleared to return to work.