Portland officer assaulted by jaywalking suspect

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by Associated Press and KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

PORTLAND -- A Portland officer was injured during a fight with a man illegally crossing the street who attacked the officer and struck him with a beer mug, police said.

Police said the Officer Jakhary Jackson warned a jaywalker who passed in front of his patrol car at NE Killingsworth and 72nd to use the crosswalk to avoid getting hit.

Jackson said the man became belligerent so he eased his car forward to create some distance as he called for backup.

Then, Jackson got out of the patrol car and tried to calm the man, who then charged him. Jackson tried a Taser with no effect. The man hit the officer with a shoulder, then hit him in the back of the head with a beer mug, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

Jackson regained his footing and tried pepper spray, which also failed. The fight continued down the sidewalk for about 50 yards and Jackson used his baton repeatedly, with no effect, Simpson said.

Suspect Thomas Jack Carlston. 41, was finally taken into custody with the combined efforts of five arriving officers. He faces several charges, including second-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer and resisting arrest.

Jackson required three staples to close the wound on his head. He was treated and released at a Portland hospital.  Carlston was also treated for minor injuries.

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