Pierce County prosecutors on filed charges Tuesday against a man who allegedly assaulted three staff members at an apartment building for mentally ill people and then tried to run down two police officers.
Jason Klint, 28, pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.
Prosecutors said they expect to file more charges in the future.
The incident started Friday at Park Avenue Comprehensive Mental Health on Yakima Avenue when Klint allegedly attacked a staff member in the elevator.
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When people pulled Klint off the staff member, he was yelling that the man “must die,” according to charging papers.
The employee might be blind in both eyes.
Other staff members, fearing for their safety, locked themselves in the nursing office. Klint then went outside, grabbed a large rock and chucked it through a window in the nursing office.
An employee who tried to stop him from re-entering the building was punched in the face, records show.
A woman delivering medicine to the building drove up, and Klint allegedly assaulted her before driving off in her car.
Two officers were dealing with a suspect from an unrelated call at North Tacoma Avenue and North Third Street when Klint pulled up and demanded their keys and guns.
The officers ignored him.
“Suddenly, the white car accelerates at them, driving over the curb and straight at the three individuals,” according to charging papers. “When the car was within a few feet of them, one of the officers fires his handgun at the car.”
The shots did not hit Klint or the stolen car.
A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy later spotted the car on Mountain Highway and took Klint into custody.
Authorities said Klint was discharged from the Park Avenue residence May 19 but was readmitted the day of the attack.
The officer who fired his weapon was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.