Teen tasered after assaulting Kalama officer

Teen tasered after assaulting Kalama officer

Teen tasered after assaulting Kalama officer

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

KALAMA, Wash. -- A teen was tasered after attacking a Kalama officer Sunday morning, and was still was able to break away and run two blocks before being arrested, police said.

The officer had been patrolling downtown Kalama at about 1:30 a.m. when he noticed two young men acting suspiciously, according to Chief Randy Gibson of the Kalama Police Dept.

The 18 and 19-year-old suspects fled, but the former was found hiding nearby and taken into custody. While he was being put into the patrol car, the other suspect returned and attacked the officer.

Officers from several agencies were called in to help.

The 19-year-old was tasered, but he broke free and ran away before being subdued. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated from minor injuries and released into police custody.

The officer he attacked was also treated for minor injuries.

Both suspects were being held in the Cowlitz Co. Jail on charges including resisting arrest and possession of alcohol.

Kalama police continued the investigation. Gibson said the suspects might be responsible for several instances of vandalism that took place before the arrests.

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