Attempted murder charge filed after attack in Gig Harbor home

It was a knock-down, drag-out kind of fight between a mixed martial arts fighter who detectives say brought a screwdriver and a former military member who they say had only an empty shotgun to defend himself.

The brawl started just after 6 a.m. Sunday in a Gig Harbor home and finished across the street on a neighbor’s porch.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives believe the 50-year-old mixed martial arts fighter was on drugs or psychotic. When they tried to arrest him, he repeatedly slammed himself into the front door and struggled.

Deputies twice used a stun gun and pepper spray to get him under control.

On Monday, prosecutors charged him with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and felony harassment, with two deadly weapon enhancements.

Charging papers give this account:

The former military member was sleeping when he heard someone pounding on the front door of his home in the 7600 block of Swanson Drive Northwest about 6:10 a.m.

He assumed his neighbors were waking him for church.

“He opened the door to find the defendant with a screwdriver, pointing it at him and then forcing his way into the home,” records state.

The men fought on the landing and down a flight of stairs before the victim broke free and locked himself in his bedroom. He managed to find an empty shotgun in the room before the fighter broke down the door and the struggle resumed.

The fighter hit the victim in the face with the butt of the shotgun several times and continuously swung the screwdriver at his neck.

The victim was able to run across the street and knock on a neighbor’s door for help. The fighter followed, pinned him to the door and hit him in the face with a hockey stick lying on the front porch.

The victim told investigators he punched the fighter in the throat and bit him but it didn’t seem to help.

Deputies arrived and broke up the fight, eventually taking the fighter into custody.

Although the victim said he doesn’t know the other man, neighbors recognized him as living nearby.

It’s unclear why the fighter targeted the victim.

“He would yell and shout random things, including taking his kids away, that he would win, that the officers were hurting him and ISIS,” records show.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653