Two Pasco police officers hurt during arrest of man brandishing knives near Lourdes ER
PASCO, Wash. — The Pasco Police Department has made a concerted effort to be mindful of mental health issues when working with the community. However, there’s a limit to how much they can let go before having to put the safety of themselves and the community first. That’s why Pasco Police officers arrested a suspect who allegedly hurt two police officers during a Sunday arrest.
According to a Facebook post by the Pasco Police, officers were dispatched to address a disturbed man holding two large knives in a residential neighborhood around 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. He reportedly made his way to the exterior of the emergency room at the Lourdes Health facility.
Officers responded to the scene with non-lethal weapons and a K9 unit. Authorities contacted crisis response, but since the incident took place over the weekend, none of their trained mental health professionals were available to assist. Instead, Officer Tony Haworth was able to deescalate the situation by having a conversation with the suspect.
Authorities say that the suspect dropped his weapons and agreed to a medical evaluation conducted by Lourdes staff. During the course of his visit to the emergency room, the suspect grew increasingly aggressive and irrational, per Pasco PD. Officers deemed him unsuitable for diversion — a program in which individuals who have committed a crime go to a rehabilitation program instead of jail/prison.
His threatening behavior disrupted the ER and eventually, police arrested the suspect for disorderly conduct. The suspect allegedly resisted arrest and violently struggled, inflicting minor injuries on two Pasco police officers in the process. None of the injuries sustained by those police officers is considered serious.
He was booked into the Franklin County Jail for felony assault to the third degree.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues, click here for a list of Washington state resources that may be of help.
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