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Spokane Officers Attacked by Suspect with Bat

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On Friday at approximately 1:57 a.m. Spokane Police Officers responded to an address in the E. 200 block of Crown on a 911 hang-up call. When 911 called back, the female stated that she could not speak freely.

Officers James Erickson and James Christensen were dispatched. Upon arrival, they could hear a male and female yelling at each other from several houses away. As they got to the front porch, they could see both the female and a male through the door window. The female appeared to be very frightened and the male was speaking on the phone with 911, stating that the female was not in any danger.

When the officers knocked at the door, the male acknowledged to the 911 operator that police had arrived. He then immediately whipped open the door, armed himself with a baseball bat, and then swung it at the officers, almost hitting both of them. The officers ordered the suspect to drop the bat, but he refused.

At this point, the involved female grabbed the armed male around the waist as he was trying to charge at the officers with the bat. The male, not making progress, then threw the bat directly at the officers, barely missing them.

The male then broke free from the female and yelled at the officers, "Bring it on!"  When the officer tried to control the male, all three ended up on the ground. During their efforts to subdue him, the male took one of the officer's flashlights in another apparent attempt to assault the officers. After a struggle, the officers finally were able to handcuff the male. The male continued to fight and struggle and had to be leg restrained for his transport to jail.

Booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Assault Second Degree (against the officers) was Michael A. Bernal, a 29 year old male from Spokane.  Officers determined that no crime had occurred between the male and the female.

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