Garden-tool-wielding woman sent to prison

An Oak Harbor woman who yelled at police to shoot her while she was armed with a garden implement was recently sent to prison.

Sue Paggi, 59, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court March 11 to assault in the second degree, possession of methamphetamine and criminal trespass.

Under a plea bargain, the prosecution and defense presented a joint sentencing recommendation of 14 months in prison. Judge Alan Hancock agreed and imposed the sentence.

In addition, Paggi was ordered to obtain mental health and substance abuse evaluations and comply with any treatment recommendation.

Last summer, a resident of downtown Oak Harbor reported that he had been helping Paggi by allowing her to sleep at his place, but she stole his house keys. He tried to find her during the next few days by talking to homeless people, but wasn’t successful.

On July 26, the man told police he awoke in the middle of the night to find Paggi in his room. She was holding a gardening tool with three spikes. She screamed and hit him twice, then also struck him with a red pole she found in the home.

An officer arrived and found Paggi outside, still wielding the gardening tool. She raised it over her head in an aggressive manner and shouted at him to shoot her, the police report states.

Two other officers arrived, but Paggi continued to shout and repeated that the police should shoot her. She finally gave up after an officer warned her he would use a Taser if she didn’t drop the tool.

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