Kennewick man attacks cop, tries to grab his pistol

Kennewick man attacks cop, tries to grab his pistol
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A Kennewick man was arrested for multiple felonies after attacking a police sergeant on Saturday, according to Pasco police.

Officers were called to the 1200 block of West Jan Street around 8:40 p.m. for a report of people prowling around a vacant house.

They found 22-year-old Alberto Rafael Fernandez hiding against a nearby fence. As he started walking away, officers confronted him and started asking questions.

Fernandez immediately started to lie about his name, age and reason for being there. Police later learned that he had a warrant for his arrest.

While being detained, he allegedly attacked Sgt. Chad Pettijohn, leading the sergeant to deploy his Taser. The man’s jacket prevented any effective shock, Pasco police said.

Instead of running away, Fernandez began to fight for control of the Taser and the device went flying. Then the men began to exchange punches, and Fernandez grabbed for the sergeant’s pistol in its holster but failed to get it out.

Fernandez bit the sergeant’s forearm, and Pettijohn struck him in self-defense before putting him in a chokehold, police said.

Officers found a glass pipe in Fernandez’ pocket and learned about his outstanding warrant.

They booked him at the Franklin County Jail on the warrant and additional felony charges for third-degree assault and attempting to disarm police.

The sergeant was treated for minor injuries, including the bite on his arm, and returned to work.

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