The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is seeking criminal charges against an Oregon man who’s accused of attempting to stab a deputy with a knife following an hourlong standoff Friday night at a residence in Wallace.
Sgt. Rachelle Whiting said on Monday that the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the man’s name at this time because he was not taken into custody due to the nature of the incident, which allegedly involved domestic violence and mental health issues.
Whiting said the man remains hospitalized at unspecified out-of-county trauma center while being treated for self-inflicted stab wounds.
According to a news release about the incident, the Sheriff’s Office is seeking charges through the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office against the man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, assault with a deadline weapon, domestic violence and resisting arrest.
The release stated that Sheriff’s deputies responded at 9:25 p.m. Friday to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Wallace that involved a man who was intoxicated, armed with a knife, and potentially suicidal.
Deputies could hear an argument between a man and woman taking place inside the residence upon arriving at the scene and were directed to a bathroom, where they found a man with a knife and a woman attempting to get him to put it down.
The woman reportedly was cut with the knife, but deputies were able to safely remove her from the area.
The release stated deputies and Angels Camp police officers who assisted with the incident spent about an hour attempting to get the suspect to put the knife down and peacefully surrender, but he refused and made multiple suicidal statements.
The suspect allegedly continued to resist and began cutting his upper body with the knife when officers shot him with two non-lethal bean bag rounds in attempt to subdue him. A Taser was then deployed, but the suspect resisted through its effects.
A fight ensued during which the man allegedly attempted to stab a Sheriff’s corporal with the knife, according to the release. The knife was wrested from the suspect by use of baton strikes.
Multiple officers were able to put the suspect in handcuffs and emergency medical aid was immediately called to the scene.
The man was transported to an out-of-county hospital for treatment of self-inflicted stab wounds. He remains hospitalized but is expected to survive, Whiting said.
Interviews with the victim and witnesses at the scene revealed the man and woman were from Oregon and in town visiting family, the release stated.