Sheriff: Man attacks deputies, punches woman during arrest
SEQUIM, Wash. -- A 54-year-old Sequim resident arrested Tuesday on suspicion of a litany of charges hit a deputy, tried to take another deputy's gun and punched a woman in the head before he was finally booked into jail, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office received a report of a minivan crashing into Thomas Building Supply in Sequim around 6:40 a.m. Moments later, a resident called to say a minivan had driven through a yard in the 900 block of Belfield Avenue and hit a fence.
Deputies from the Sheriff's Office and officers from the Sequim Police Department arrived on scene and tried to contact the driver, Daniel Gockerell.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Gockerell ran into a house and called out that he had a gun when officers informed him he was under arrest.
Officers heard yelling and smashing from inside the house -- they would later find out Gockerell punched a woman in the head during this time -- before Gockerell ran out the backdoor and into an adjacent shed, according to the Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Gockerell punched one deputy in the head when the deputy tried to arrest him. Officers reportedly had to use a Taser on Gockerell in order to finally subdue and arrest him.
After he was arrested, Gockerell made threats to a family member, and officers found several guns inside the shed he had run into, according to the Sheriff's Office.
But, Gockerell was reportedly not done yet. According to the Sheriff's Office, he tried to take another deputy's gun while being transported to the Sequim Police Department. That deputy ended up needing stitches to his hand from the ensuing struggle.
Gockerell was booked into jail for investigation of assault, resisting arrest, domestic-violence assault, malicious mischief, domestic-violence harassment, felon in possession of an unlawful firearm and attempt to disarm a law-enforcement officer.
The woman Gockerell allegedly punched while inside the house was taken to Olympia Medical Center for treatment.