Sirens & Gavels

Bystander saves cop from shooting man

A domestic violence suspect accused of trapping a Spokane police officer in a choke hold Sunday remains in jail after appearing in Superior Court Tuesday on assault charges.

Andrew P. Perry, 27, allegedly attacked Officer Chris Bode after Bode responded about 2 a.m. to a report of a man who had pushed a woman down a flight of stairs at 411 E. Wabash. Perry lives there with his girlfriend, and the couple have three children, according a probably cause affidavit.

Bode said Perry ran from him but slipped and fell on ice, then arose in a "fighting stance," according to the affidavit. Bode also fell on the ice and Perry jumped on him, police said.

"Fearing Defendant would render him unconscious and use his firearms against him, Officer Bode was about to use deadly force on Defendant, when a bystander came to Officer Bode's aid," police said.

Perry remains in jail on $ 25,000 bond for charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

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