3 missing Bremerton children found in car of driver who assaulted police officers
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police found three missing children from Bremerton following a violent confrontation with an alleged drunk driver Wednesday night.
Officers pulled over the suspect around 10:30 p.m. said they saw the car swerve, hit a curb, and run a red light. They suspected the driver of being impaired and tried to pull the car over.
When the car stopped, the man driving immediately got out of the car and started walking towards the officers. Police say the driver, 37-year-old Aaron J. Aamodt, refused their orders to get back in his vehicle and continued to approach officers with his hands, "concealed in his clothing, around his waist band," according to a release.
Aamodt, a 6-foot-5-inch tall 250-pound man, then charged at one of the officers and allegedly stated, “I’m going to Fu**ing murder you." The officer then fired his taser, which had no affect on Aamodt.
Police say Aamodt then turned to the officer who had just tased him and tackled him to the ground, while trying to grab the officer's gun from its holster.
During the fight, police said Aamodt hit the officer several times, tried to bite the officer's neck and drove his thumb into the officer's eye.
The officer was able to shake his head back and forth and get free from Aamodt’s grip just as other officers arrived to help arrest Aamodt. Police say there was "still a significant physical struggle before they were able to subdue Aamodt. Even after being handcuffed Aamodt was still combative and had to be constantly restrained by officers."
Only after the struggle had ended did officers realize Aamodt's three children, all under the age of 13, were sitting in his car. It was later discovered that the children had been reported missing by their mother in Bremerton earlier in the day.
Aamodt was booked into jail for 1st degree assault, reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment for having his children in the vehicle, obstructing and disarming a police officer.
The officer he attacked suffered a concussion and minor injuries to his hand and eye. Another officer suffered a shoulder injury.