Officer injured controlling man under influence of narcotics

Officers responded to report of man attacking occupied car

October 08, 2016 - by Lt. Bob Vander Yacht

​Bellingham (WA) At 11:52 a.m. this morning the Bellingham Police Department received a 911 call about a male in his 20's that had just blocked the path of a vehicle on Billy Frank Jr. Street at Ellis Street. According to the car occupant he attacked the car and tore off the windshield wipers. He was bleeding from cuts on his body. As officers were responding the man continued to attack other cars and then went into a nearby residence. First arriving officers attempted to contact the man and he attacked the officers, injuring the nose of one of the male officers. The man could not be calmed and a Taser was utilized to gain control so that he would not harm himself or others. The deployment was successful and officers immediately called for a medic unit to get this man to definitive care. The man was transported without delay to St. Joseph PeaceHealth Medical Center.
Through interviewing roommates of this man we learned that he was under the influence of some type of narcotic. He initially injured himself when he jumped through a window at his residence. That is when he attacked the occupied car which led to the 911 call.
Our officer was treated at the hospital for his injuries and is stable condition.

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​Lt. Bob Vander Yacht
Bellingham Police PIO

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