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Man charged for allegedly assaulting deputy

July 30, 2018

A man has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly attacking a Skagit County sheriff’s deputy with a knife.

Lionel Brown, 32, was charged Friday in Skagit County Superior Court with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident allegedly occurred July 25 during an investigation at a home near Big Lake after two deputies responded about 6 p.m. to a report of a 911 hang-up at a the residence.

The deputies learned of a possible domestic violence situation inside the residence in the 24000 block of Stonewood Drive and were able to enter the home, where Brown and his brother were fighting.

Deputies determined there was probable cause to arrest Brown, court records state, and as one of the deputies moved toward him, Brown reportedly pulled a fixed-blade knife out of his pocket and began moving toward the deputy’s face and neck.

At that point the other deputy, who has been with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office for three years, shot Brown three times with his department-issued firearm, court documents state. All three shots struck Brown, causing him to fall to the floor.

The wounded deputy, who had been with the sheriff’s office for two and a half years, suffered injuries to his neck and face, court documents state.

He was treated at the Mount Vernon Police Department and released.

Brown was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital and then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

He was discharged Saturday and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center, State Patrol trooper Heather Axtman said.

His bail is set at $150,000.

Both deputies have been placed on administrative leave, Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt stated previously.

The Skagit Multiple Agency Response Team, which is comprised of officers from all of the county’s municipal police departments, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol, continues to investigate, Axtman said.

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