Fight sends teen, officer to hospital

An Olalla man was arrested for allegedly assaulting and injuring a Port Orchard police officer who was attempting to break up a fight that erupted in front of an apartment building Saturday morning.

Joseph Nason Griffith, 19, was booked into Kitsap County Jail and charged with second-degree assault.

After his preliminary appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court on Monday, Griffith was being held under $30,000 bail and awaiting formal charging scheduled for yesterday.

According to the police report, the incident began shortly after midnight when Officer Jon Meador, 32, responded to a fight in progress at an apartment complex on the 1800 block of Sidney Avenue.

When Meador arrived, there was a large group of people surrounding two males, one of whom was lying immobile on the ground while the other man, identified as 19-year-old Olalla resident Shane Michael Bartley, was punching and apparently choking him.

According to the officer, when Bartley did not respond to verbal commands to stop, he fired at least one taser dart at the suspect. Immediately after firing the taser, Meador said he was hit in the face by another man, later identified as Griffith.

After exchanging blows with Griffith that resulted in Meador breaking a finger on his left hand, the officer wrestled Griffith to the ground and was attempting to handcuff him when another man allegedly attacked him from his left side.

By that time, other officers had arrived on scene and assisted Meador in subduing the suspects.

Bartley, who was booked into Kitsap County Jail under second-degree assault charges, also made his preliminary appearance in court Monday and was scheduled for formal sentencing yesterday.

His bail was set at $25,000.

Bartley’s alleged victim, a 16-year-old South Kitsap High School student, suffered a broken lower right leg and was transported to the hospital.

According to the report, Meador determined the second man who hit him was actually trying to pull Griffith off the officer, and did not arrest him.

A third person — a 17-year-old female resident of the apartment complex — was also arrested for allegedly attacking another police officer after she ran out of the building screaming profanities, then began to hit and kick him.

She was transported to Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center and booked for third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

Port Orchard Police Chief Al Townsend said Meador is currently on leave, and has a severed tendon in his left pinky finger.

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