Crime

Man shot by sheriff’s deputies charged with assault

A man shot by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly slashed one of their uniforms said he’s “not mad” about the shooting, and knew the deputy attacked was “just doing her job,” according to charging papers.

Daniel Kesler, 32, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault Monday, in connection to the Friday incident. His bail was set at $500,000, and he was listed on the Pierce County Jail roster Tuesday.

According to court records:

Deputies responded about 9:30 p.m. to a report of a man acting suicidal and making threats in the 2400 block of 96th Street South in the Tacoma area.

When they knocked at his door, the man, later identified as Kesler, yelled: “I’m not a cop killer,” and “You do what you have to do.”

He then opened the door and rushed toward deputy Jessica Johnson, slashing the chest of her jumpsuit.

Johnson and another deputy, Jason Youngman shot Kesler, who was taken into custody.

At the hospital, Kesler appeared to have grazing wounds to his arm and leg. A bullet that appeared to hit him in the small of his back was expected to be removed. His injuries were not life-threatening.

“I just wanted them to shoot me and make it quick,” Kessler said in the ambulance.

He said he didn’t blame deputies for shooting him, and to tell Johnson: “I know she had to shoot me.”

Johnson and Youngman were on administrative leave, per procedure, after the shooting. Johnson, 33, has seven years on the force. Youngman, 34, has been with the department for three years.

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