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Video game causes violence

A fight over a video game controller led to a knife assault, a brief stand-off with police, a Taser gun misfire, a police officer kicking a man in a chest, and finally, a felony charge in Island County Superior Court.

The suspect, 21-year-old David Moore, pleaded not guilty in July 15 to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Patrick Horn wrote in his report on the incident that Moore and a 27-year-old man were at a SE Barrington Drive apartment June 28 and got into a fight over video game controllers.

The men ended up wrestling in the living room, the report states, and Moore pulled a knife. Moore “hit” the other man in the stomach with the knife and threatened the man’s mother, Horn wrote. The victim wasn’t seriously injured.

Officers Horn and Mike Bailey responded to a 911 call from the victim’s mother and went to the apartment. Horn entered with his gun drawn and Bailey had his Taser ready.

Moore was on his knees in the living room with a “brass and chrome knife” sitting next to his knee. Horn ordered Moore multiple times to move his hand away from the knife, but he refused. Moore continually moved his hand toward the knife, Horn wrote.

Finally, Bailey shot Moore with the Taser. The shot hit him mid-torso, but it had no effect because of an apparent malfunction.

Next, Officer Horn kicked Moore in the chest, knocking him backwarad and away from the knife. The officers cuffed him and took him into custody.

Capt. Rick Wallace with the Oak Harbor Police said the Taser malfunction was likely caused by a bad cartridge. The Taser gun’s cartridges shoot out wires which attach to a suspect and sends an electrical pulse. The gun needs a new cartridge each time it is discharged.

Wallace said officers discharged several other cartridges from the gun without problem. They send the faulty cartridge to the Taser company for analysis.

You can reach Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or 675-6611.

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