A 24-year-old gang member is set to be arraigned today on charges that he threatened two community corrections officers guarding him in the hospital, telling them it was law enforcement like them that caused the murder of four Lakewood police officers.
The incident occurred Feb. 28 at a local hospital, where two officers were assigned to guard the man overnight while he was treated for a stab wound to the back.
Pierce County prosecutors said the man became upset because of visiting restrictions and “had several tirades,” pulled IV lines out of himself and threw an ice bag across the room while making threats.
The man has been charged with intimidating a public servant.
During one of his fits, the man is accused of saying, “It’s officers like you who cause people to do things like that happened in Lakewood.”
On Nov. 29, 2009, Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens were gunned down as they began their shift at a Parkland coffee shop.
The man admitted saying it but denied he meant it as a threat, according to charging papers.
He was already in custody for four warrants.