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Deputies diffuse crisis involving man with knife
A domestic crisis situation involving a 22 year-old East Bremerton man was resolved without serious consequence this past Thursday, Feb. 14. Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies were dispatched at 2:17 p.m. to a residence in the 8000 block of Meyerwood Lane NE for a report of an out-of-control man who was armed with a knife. Initial reports stated that the man was making threats to kill any responding law enforcement officers or himself. A patrol sergeant from Bremerton Police Department also responded to assist.
Arriving deputies made initial contact with the man, from a distance, and maintained a verbal dialogue with him during the encounter. The subject paced around on the residence’s front deck holding a large “Bowie”-type knife in his hand and acting highly agitated. His physical actions and verbal rants and threats were aggressive towards those on scene.
Additional responding patrol units contacted persons inside the residence; two family members and a guest were escorted away from the house to a position of safety. Family members were able to provide deputies with information concerning the subject, indicating to officers that the man was suffering from a medical and mental health crisis situation.
Several times the man attempted to close the distance between himself and deputies while making threats to kill. He repeatedly refused to release the knife. The man eventually backed himself into a carport. After an extended period of time, with continued dialogue, the man set the knife down on top of a vehicle, but continued with his verbal tirade and demonstration of physical agitation. He also remained within a close distance to the knife.
After continued dialogue but without any indication of voluntary compliance, the man was taken into custody after deployment of less-lethal impact munitions. Custody of the man was transferred to medics from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue for initial evaluation. He was subsequently transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for evaluation and treatment.
The man was not booked into jail and no injuries were sustained during the course of this incident.