Two Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were sent to the hospital on Christmas Day after a Spanaway man attacked them during a domestic violence call, authorities reported.
The deputies were treated and released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. The 42-year-old man was charged Friday with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, felony harassment, two counts of fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest.
Curtis Wayne Bunch pleaded not guilty. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The incident began about 6:15 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to a house in the 100 block of 179th Street East, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday.
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Someone had called 911 to report that a drunken man had attacked his mother and nephew there, Troyer said.
Witnesses later told deputies that Bunch threw a beer can at his mother and followed up with several punches after she asked him to stop making rude comments in front of her grandchildren, court records show. Bunch then turned on his nephew, punching him in the face a number of times, when the younger man went to the aid of Bunch’s mother, the records show.
When the first deputy arrived, Bunch allegedly attacked him as well, punching and choking him, Troyer said. Bunch also punched and kicked a second deputy before law enforcement could subdue him.
Both deputies suffered bumps, bruises and “soft tissue damage,” Troyer said. They are expected to miss work for a few days.
During the booking process at jail, Bunch allegedly threatened to kill a third deputy, telling him, “I’m a cop killer.”
Bunch pleaded guilty earlier this year to head-butting a Tacoma police officer and just recently was released from jail on that count, court records show.