Walla Walla man threatened his mother with a sword, apprehended by SWAT and K9

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — A Walla Walla man was apprehended by local authorities Sunday after allegedly threatening his mother with a sword and failing to cooperate with authorities during his arrest.

According to a release issued by the Walla Walla Police Department, officers responded to the 200-block of N Spokane St on May 30 for reports of a domestic incident between a mother and son. They arrived around 6:50 a.m. and quickly made contact with the victim, who clarified that she was being threatened by her son, who was armed with a sword.

Officers allegedly attempted to make contact with the son, but he showed no interest in cooperating or listening to the police. After continued efforts to convince the suspect to comply, local authorities decided to call the Walla Walla Regional SWAT team to assist with the situation.

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Negotiators were brought to the scene to work with the suspect, but he hung up on their phone calls several times. Officers used an irritant aerosol on the residence to force him out of the home. That’s when the suspect, who was identified as 37-year-old Christopher Pfaff, exited the house.

Though he finally emerged from the home, officers say that he continued to dismiss their commands. He was allegedly told to keep his hands up where police could see them on numerous occasions but continued to keep his hands in his pockets. Officers deployed non-lethal rounds and a police K9 to subdue the suspect, who was then quickly brought into police custody.

Pfaff was immediately seen by Walla Walla paramedics, according to the press release. Officers submitted charges on Pfaff for felony harassment — domestic violence, resisting arrest and an unspecified weapons violation.


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