ELLENSBURG, Wash. — An Ellensburg police officer required stitches after fighting with a knife-wielding man who earlier threatened a homeowner who had found him in a vehicle, authorities said.
Officer Drew Houck arrested the 28-year-old Shelton man after disarming him, according to a news release issued Sunday evening by the Ellensburg Police Department.
The incident started about 2 a.m. Saturday when someone reported being threatened by a man found in a vehicle in the 1700 block of Brooklane Street.
While police were investigating that incident, they received a report of someone breaking a window of a nearby home. Police said they soon saw a man emerge from some bushes and run.
Houck was confronted by the armed man while searching the 1600 block of Brook Court and fought his attacker while trapped in a confined space, police said.
Houck required stitches after suffering nonlife-threating knife wounds during the violent confrontation, police said.
The suspect was booked into the Kittitas County jail on suspicion of first-degree assault.
He is also expected to face charges for threatening the homeowner and is under investigation for breaking the window at a Brook Court home near where Houck found him, police said.