Saturday, March 21, 2009

Suspected cattle prod wielder triggers standoff


FEDERAL WAY -- A wanted felon assaulted another man using a cattle prod, then barricaded himself inside his home for hours on Thursday, according to police.

Officer Ray Bunk said a man used a cattle prod on another person around 7 p.m. The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to an eye.

When police responded to the suspected attacker's home at 12th Place Southwest and South 307th around 9 p.m., he refused to come out or talk with police.

An hours-long standoff ensued and police evacuated several nearby houses as a precaution. Then around 12:30 a.m. Friday, police used explosives to open the front door and released tear gas and pepper spray into the home.

Police said three people came out of the house, including the 45-year-old man accused of the attack involving the cattle prod. That unnamed man, Bunk said, had a past felony kidnapping conviction was wanted on an escape warrant.

All three were arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

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