Two people fled the house and called 9-1-1 to report that one of the home’s residents had assaulted one of them and was threatening them with a machete
BATTLE GROUND — A 32-year-old man was arrested on an Assault charge after an incident at a Battle Ground residence Sunday evening.
On Sunday (Feb. 28) at 8:23 p.m., Battle Ground patrol officers responded to a home located at 1400 NW 2nd Ave. in Battle Ground. Two people fled the house and called 9-1-1 to report that one of the home’s residents had assaulted one of them and was threatening them with a machete. One of the victims required medical treatment from a bite inflicted by the suspect.
Responding officers learned that a third possible victim and the suspect remained inside the home. The home, located in a neighborhood setting, was contained by officers. Within about 15 minutes of responding, the third person exited the home safely.
The suspect remained inside the house and refused to come out despite the efforts of officers who attempted to communicate with him from outside the home. Due to the serious nature of the threat, the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team was activated to provide on-scene tactical support.
After continued failure by the suspect to comply with police instructions, the SWAT team deployed flashbangs followed by remote access in order to communicate with the suspect. At 11:42 p.m., just over three hours after the initial 9-1-1 call, the suspect exited the home and was arrested without further incident.
Donald F. Scott, 32, was charged with Assault 2 and booked into the Clark County Jail.
Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort commended the actions of Battle Ground patrol officers who successfully contained the scene, got the victims to safety, and worked closely with the SWAT Team to bring the incident to a closure without further injury to anyone.
Chief Fort also wanted to thank the community for giving the officers space to work safely. “I know this was disruptive to some citizens on a Sunday night, but your patience during the three-hour ordeal helped to bring this to a successful resolution,” Fort said.
Information provided by city of Battle Ground.