Man stabbed by police at Hillsboro hospital booked at jail
The man stabbed by a police officer at the Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro last month has been released from a local hospital and lodged at the Washington County Jail without incident, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
Joshua A. Wesley, 27, was being admitted to the hospital on Oct. 24 when police say he attacked Deputy Zane Hafeman and tried to take his gun. Wesley was stabbed by the deputy during the altercation and was transported to a different area hospital for treatment of those injuries.
He was lodged at the jail on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, two counts of first-degree attempted theft, third-degree robbery, and violating his probation.
Police say Wesley was initially being admitted at the Westside Medical Center on a civil hold, a procedure whereby a subject who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is taken to a treatment facility before being booked at the jail.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office released body-worn camera footage a week after the altercation, showing a man police identified as Wesley charging out of a hospital room at Hafeman, tackling the deputy to the ground and yelling, "Let me shoot myself."
A hospital security guard pulls Wesley off the deputy and nurses begin calling for assistance to attend to Wesley's wounds, which the sheriff's office says were to the head and chest.
A nurse asks, "What's in his chest?" and Hafeman responds that "It's a knife."
The stabbing is not clearly visible in the video, though what appears to be blood can be seen on the hospital floor after the struggle.
The Sheriff's Office press release stated that Hafeman used his own knife to stab Wesley.
The Sheriff's Office said it's not uncommon for deputies to carry knives, as Hafeman was, although they are not standard issue.
Hafeman remains on leave after the incident, which is standard after incidents involving potentially lethal force.
The case is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team.
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