Man charged in assault on police officers

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:53am

A Port Hadlock man was charged Dec. 22 with three counts of assault for allegedly attacking three Mill Creek police officers Dec. 3.

Stephen Paul McClane, 35, was being held on $1 million bail.

Police officer Andrew Bass was stabbed in the arm and the face. Another was struck with the handle of the knife and suffered nerve damage. A third was body-slammed into a wall, according to charging papers written by deputy prosecutor John Adcock.

McClane was charged with one count each of first-, second- and third-degree assault. Convictions on those charges could result in a prison term of 10 years or more.

On Dec. 3, a relative of McClane called police to report that the defendant refused to leave a home in the 2800 block of 132nd Street Southeast.

Officers asked McClane to go outside with them so they could speak to him. When they were about 10 feet from a door, an officer told him to put his hands on his head so he they could search him for weapons, Adcock said.

McClane muttered something and then attacked an officer, stabbing him with a knife, Adcock wrote. The other two officers, Sgt. Mike Reidt and officer Jennifer Clark, were injured in the ensuing melee.

According to charging documents, McClane told police he had been released from jail two days before the incident.

“I just didn’t want to go back,” he allegedly told police.

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