Deputy in Seattle standoff charged with assault
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say the King County sheriff’s deputy who prompted a 13-hour standoff with Seattle police last week has been charged with three counts of third-degree assault, accused of using pepper spray to temporarily force responding officers to back off.
The Seattle Times reports that Deputy Berdon Parsons, 30, was arrested May 30 after a SWAT team breached the doors into his Capitol Hill apartment. Parsons remains jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
According to charging papers just before 2 a.m. on May 30, Parsons’ boyfriend went to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and reported that Parsons had gripped his arms and attempted to keep him from leaving their apartment.
The boyfriend told police Parsons was a law-enforcement officer, likely had access to guns and was possibly in crisis.
Parsons has been on paid administrative leave since March, pending an evaluation of his fitness for duty.