The deputy stabbed the patient after he tried to take the deputy’s gun, officials said. A hospital worker who helped the deputy suffered minor injuries.
HILLSBORO, Ore. — Body cam footage released by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) shows the fight between a WCSO deputy and an ER patient on Oct. 24. The deputy stabbed the man multiple times after he tried to take the officer’s firearm, WCSO said.
At about 3 a.m. on Oct. 24, WCSO deputy Zane Hafeman was at the Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center’s Emergency Department with the patient, 27-year-old Joshua Wesley. Wesley, who was being admitted on a civil hold, charged Hafeman, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
“The adult male ignored the deputy’s commands to stop and continued to attack the deputy and try to gain possession of the deputy’s firearm,” the sheriff’s office said. “During the struggle, the adult male was stabbed multiple times by the deputy.”
Wesley was taken to another area of the hospital for treatment. On Monday, WCSO reported that Wesley is still at the hospital receiving treatment.
A hospital worker who helped Hafeman sustained minor injuries.
“The deputy’s training worked and he kept control of his gun the whole time,” Sgt. Danny DiPietro said. “He never lost control of it. No shots were fired and he was able to stop the subject.”
Hafeman is on critical incident leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard protocol.