Man Who Claims He Ingested Too Much Meth Goes Berserk
In McLeary, WA
Ends up dying
July 03, 2017
(McCLEARY, WA.) -- The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a McCleary, Washington man who told police he had smoked too much methamphetamine and then later went berserk when medical techs tried to help him.
Undersheriff David Pimentel said in a news release that the 57-year-old man knocked on the door of the McCleary Police Department at 6:36 pm Saturday night evening and when the on duty officers answered the knock the man told him he'd ingested "too much methamphetamine" and needed medical help.
The release says the following events happened shortly thereafter:
.....The officer called for medics to respond to his location and members of Grays Harbor Fire District #5 did so within six minutes of being dispatched.
.....The police officer and the man in distress were outside the police department waiting for them. The man then voluntarily got into the aid vehicle and laid down on the gurney at the paramedic’s request.
.....That's when things went haywire. The statement says while being examined by aid personnel, then man "became extremely violent and started punching aid personnel attempting to render medical assistance to him."
.....The McCleary Police officer tried to enter the vehicle to control the man but was kicked and punched as he tried to get inside. The men then got out of the aid vehicle and ran into traffic on State Route 108.
.....The McCleary officer calls for backup but before anyone could arrive, he tried to get the man out of the highway and out of traffic to prevent him from getting hurt and prevent him from possibly causing an accident.
.....The statement says the man responded "violently and continued to kick and punch the officer," who then tried to use his Taser device on the man but it didn't do any good because the man continued to fight the officer through the Taser hit.
.....while officers continued to attempt to remove the man from the roadway, "it appeared that the male subject had a medical event and he then collapsed on the side of the highway," where aid personnel worked to revive him but at 7:28 pm Saturday, he was pronounced dead.
.....The McCleary officer was subsequently taken to Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma to be treated for injuries he received from trying to subdue the man. He was later released.
At the request of McCleary Mayor Brent Schiller and McCleary Police Chief Steve Blumer, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate the man's death and that investigation is ongoing and will include an autopsy this week.
If anyone witnessed the incident and has not been contacted or interviewed by law enforcement, the sheriff's office is asking that they contact Det. Sgt. Darrin Wallace at (360) 533-8765.