Demetrius J. Dawson’s 35th birthday easily could have been his last.
A Tacoma police officer’s restraint meant Dawson would live to see another day, albeit charged with two felonies.
The action took place Monday in the 500 block of 84th Street South.
The officer was sitting in his patrol car in a church parking lot when a man later identified as Dawson walked up, court records show.
The man stood in front of the patrol car, raised his arm and aimed his finger at the officer. He then pretended to shoot the officer and yelled, “I’ll (expletive) kill you, (racial epithet)!” court records show.
“The defendant appeared to be angry and deranged,” deputy prosecutor Hugh Birgenheier wrote in charging documents.
The officer got out of his car and took out his pistol, the documents state, at which time Dawson shoved his hands into his pockets.
Dawson, who was born March 2, 1980, ignored four commands to show his hands and hurled profanities and threats at the officer, at one point saying he’d cut him, court records show.
“I’m a gang member,” Dawson allegedly shouted.
The standoff went on for several minutes, Birgenheier said.
Then, Dawson got distracted by something and looked away, and the officer pounced, tackling Dawson to the pavement and handcuffing him.
Dawson, who smell strongly of intoxicants, continued with the profanities and threats, saying again he’d cut the officer, court records show.
Police then searched Dawson and found a folding knife in his pocket, Birgenheier said.
Dawson was charged Tuesday with felony harassment and intimidating a public servant. Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf. His bail was set at $100,000.
It’s not the first time Dawson has threatened police.
He pleaded guilty to felony harassment in 2010 and served four months in jail for making death threats against Tacoma police officers sent to investigate a disturbance at a Pierce Transit facility, court records show.