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Four deputies injured in brawl with suspect in Spokane Valley

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Four sheriff’s deputies received injuries, including a possible broken hand, while fighting with a suspect in Spokane Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Brandon T. Field, 35, faces four counts of third-degree assault, among other charges. (Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)
Four sheriff’s deputies received injuries, including a possible broken hand, while fighting with a suspect in Spokane Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Brandon T. Field, 35, faces four counts of third-degree assault, among other charges. (Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)

Four sheriff’s deputies received injuries, including a possible broken hand, while fighting with a suspect Tuesday night in Spokane Valley.

The suspect, Brandon T. Field, 35, was arrested with the help of a police dog. He faces four counts of third-degree assault, as well as charges of resisting arrest, attempting to elude a police vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

According to court records and a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the encounter began around 10:30 p.m. when Deputy Andrew Richmond attempted to pull over Field’s Lincoln Town Car on Vista Road. A bike rack was partially obscuring Field’s rear license plate, and his registration tabs had expired in 2017, the sheriff’s office said.

When Richmond turned on his blue and red lights, Field tried to accelerate, spinning his tires in a layer of fresh snow, the sheriff’s office said. Richmond activated his siren, but Field kept driving, recklessly drifting across the street, the sheriff’s office said. Field briefly lost control of his car and then pulled into a private driveway near Broadway Avenue, where Richmond contacted him.

Richmond learned Field had prior convictions for first-degree assault, drug possession and malicious mischief, and that his license was suspended. The deputy also noticed what appeared to be a small-caliber handgun in the ashtray of Field’s car, the sheriff’s office said.

Richmond then unholstered his gun, ordered Field to show his hands and requested backup. Deputy Samuel Turner arrived. The sheriff’s office said Field refused to get out of his car and reached toward his gun, and so the deputies grabbed his arm and pulled him from the vehicle.

That’s when Field stood up, pulled himself away from the deputies and started throwing punches, the sheriff’s office said. The fight lasted several minutes, and at one point a deputy pressed an emergency button on his radio.

Court records say the deputies “used multiple methods of force to attempt to overcome the active assault by the defendant, none of which proved effective. They advised dispatch they were in a critical fight for their lives and required immediate assistance … as they were becoming fatigued and losing the fight.”

Additional deputies responded, including Deputy Tyler Kullman and his dog, Khan. Court records say Field continued fighting even after he “sustained contact” by the dog. Eventually, deputies managed to put Field in handcuffs.

Deputies Richmond, Turner, Kullman and Nate Overbay were taken to MultiCare Valley Hospital to be treated for various injuries, according to court records. The sheriff’s office said their injuries included swelling and minor cuts and abrasions; one deputy may have fractured a bone in his hand.

After being evaluated at the hospital, Field was booked into the Spokane County Jail. He remained there Wednesday, with bond set at $20,000, according to the online jail roster.

A search of Field’s car showed the gun in the ashtray was only a replica. Investigators also found drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.

This is the third reported incident in January in which local law enforcement officers have been injured while taking a man into custody.

The Spokane Police Department reported two officers were hurt Sunday while arresting a domestic violence suspect in the West Central neighborhood; one of those officers was hospitalized for a knee injury. Last week, another suspect was charged with assault for allegedly trying to choke officers and gouge their eyes.

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