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Burglary Suspect Assaults Officer During Arrest

Spokane Police Department Press Release:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday afternoon a man entered the back yard of a house near Francis and ‘A' Street and began going through a shed in the yard. He then began trying to get in the back door, while the lone female occupant called 911. A Spokane Police Officer was a few blocks away at the time of the call. He confronted the suspect who became combative and tried to strike the officer with a large rock he picked up while they were fighting on the ground.  

On Friday February 24th, 2012 at about 2:46 pm Spokane Police responded to the 6200 block of North ‘A' Street, just south of Francis on the call of a burglary in progress. A female resident was alone in her house when she noticed an unknown male standing at her back door, inside her fenced off back yard. The man was acting erratic and began going into her shed in the back yard. Spokane Police Officer Holton Widhalm was a few blocks away when the call was dispatched. He confronted the suspect who was immediately uncooperative. When Officer Widhalm attempted to arrest the suspect he began to assault the officer. He elbowed the officer in the chest several times and grappled with him. They were on the ground fighting on the muddy lawn when the suspect picked up a sharp, jagged rock a little bigger than the suspect's hand and began trying to strike the officer in the head with the rock by swinging it over his shoulder. Additional officers arrived and were able to control the suspect and get him handcuffed.

Albert V. Bergen (46 years old) of Spokane was arrested for 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Arrest.  

This case is another reminder of how unpredictable and violent suspects can be when officers respond to reported crimes.

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