Disorderly Suspect Takes a Swing and Receives a Ride to Jail
A disorderly subject, who had been reported several times throughout the evening, attempted to hit a Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy early yesterday morning. He was eventually taken into custody and charged with Assault 3rd Degree, a felony.
On November 6, 2018, at approximately 5:45 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for service regarding a disorderly male inside the Holiday Inn Express located at 9222 E. Mission in Spokane Valley.
Employees informed the responding Deputies the male, later identified as 25-year-old Tanner J. Perkins, was not a patron of the hotel and he was eating the breakfast foods put out for the hotel guests. They had asked Perkins to leave but he refused and began yelling at the staff.
Deputies realized Perkins had previously been reported as a disorderly subject several times throughout the evening at different locations in the general area. Deputy Lundgren and Deputy Hoff contacted Perkins and asked him to leave the property several times. After Perkins failed to leave, the Deputies ordered him to leave and, with the assistance of Deputy Wall, escorted him outside and into the parking lot.
Perkins, who appeared to be exhibiting signs of illegal drug use, continued to loiter and began to ramble, pace back and forth, and appeared to become more agitated. He became verbally confrontational and started to walk away but would stop periodically, turn around, point his finger, and walk away again.
Perkins walked over toward the driver’s side of the patrol car and spit toward it. Despite orders to keep moving and leave the property, he appeared to spit toward the patrol car again before he started to walk off and then stopped. Deputy Wall approached Perkins continuing to tell him to leave the property. Perkins bent over and picked up a bag, similar to a lunch bag, and swung it toward Deputy Wall’s face. Deputy Wall extended his arm to defend himself as Perkins swung his fist, slightly grazing Deputy Wall who had moved to avoid the assault. Deputy Wall pushed Perkins back, told him to get on the ground and that he was under arrest. Perkins did not follow the commands and squared off, continuing his aggressive behavior, as Deputy Wall drew his Taser.
With Perkins’ decision to continue to disobey commands and remain aggressive, Deputy Wall deployed the Taser causing Perkins to fall to the ground. Deputy Hoff and Deputy Lundgren moved in and placed Perkins in handcuffs without further incident.
When Perkins was advised of the assault charge, he told Deputy Wall that was his toughest test yet and then stated, “Man that thing really worked bro.” Medics were requested to respond to the scene but Perkins refused any treatment.
Perkins was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 3rd Degree.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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