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UPDATE>> Woman recounts strange meeting with suspect hours before attack

Suspect tased after machete attack

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Chelsea Buckner says she had a strange meeting with Harmon hours before the attack Chelsea Buckner says she had a strange meeting with Harmon hours before the attack

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police were forced to tase a man following an attack involving a machete near 6th and Bernard Wednesday morning.

According to police, Douglas Harmon, 49, walked out of an apartment complex and approached a man and woman sitting on the sidewalk in the front of the building.

The man was talking to the people when he attacked the man with a machete. Witnesses report hearing screaming but say they thought it was just high school kids.

The person that was attacked received substantial injuries and was transported to the hospital.

When police arrived on scene, the suspect was not cooperating with officers and they were forced to user a taser on the man.

A witness says when officers were trying to the arrest the suspect he would at first get on the ground, then get back up and start waving his arms.The witness says it didn't look like Harmon was angry, it just appeared as if he didn't know what he was doing.

The witness says when more officers arrived on scene Harmon tried to run and that's when she heard the taser go off.

The man possibly suffers from mental health issues. A neighboring couple says an incident that occurred hours before the machete attack confirms their belief that Harmon suffers from mental health issues.

Chelsea Buckner, who has lived in the apartment complex for years, says she was headed to work when she was startled by a man sitting in her car.

Buckner says that when she opened the door the man asked her "are you my mommy?" She replied that she wasn't and led him back to his apartment.

On the way back to the apartment Buckner says "he stopped and looked at me and said 'you're my heart,' and I said ok, he was acting like a little kid."

Harmon wanted to show her a book inside the apartment and said he was "channeling the famous painter Renoir."

Buckner says she told him she had to get to work and said she would come back later. Harmon responded "you'll come back in a zillion years when I'm in hell."

Eventually Buckner left and was able to get to work. Buckner and her fiancee heard about the attack after getting a phone call.

Buckner did make a call to Spokane Mental Health after the meeting, but it was more than an hour before anyone from the agency arrived.

Harmon has been arrested and charged with 1st Degree Assault.

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