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Police: Man attacked officers with bat

A man was arrested after charging at two Spokane police officers with a baseball bat early Saturday morning.

Michael A. Bernal, 29, was arrested after Officers James Erickson and James Christensen responded to the 200 block of East Crown Avenue at 1:57 a.m. for a 911 hang-up call. A dispatcher had called back, and a woman told the dispatcher she could not speak freely.

When officers knocked on the door, Bernal allegedly "whipped the door open, armed himself with a baseball bat and then swung it at the officers, almost hitting them both," police said in a news release.

Police said Bernal refused to drop the bat. As he charged at officers with the bat, the woman, whom police did not identify, grabbed him around the waist. Police said he then threw the bat at the officers, broke free and yelled, "Bring it on!"

All three ended up on the ground when they tried to arrest him. During the struggle, Bernal grabbed one of their flashlights in "another apparent attempt to assault the officers," police said.

Officers Bernal on two counts of second-degree assault. They determined there was no crime committed between Bernal and woman.

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