On June 12, 2021, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a male subject acting strangely, walking in the roadway, and yelling at people, on Meacham Road, Northeast of Goldendale, Washington.
Deputy Pat Kaley located the male subject walking in the travel portion of the roadway in the 500 block of Woodland Road. Passing vehicles had to go around the male subject as he was obstructing traffic. Deputy Kaley contacted the male subject and the male subject became uncooperative. The male subject began yelling at Deputy Kaley, telling Deputy Kaley to Tase him. Deputy Kaley advised the male subject he was under arrest, but the subject refused to follow commands from Deputy Kaley.
The male subject continued to yell at Deputy Kaley for several minutes requesting Deputy Kaley to Tase him, and at one point saying Deputy Kaley should shoot him. Deputy Kaley continued to de-escalate the situation by talking to the subject about his situation. After several minutes the subject ran eastbound on Woodland Road.
Deputy Kaley followed the male subject in his patrol vehicle until the male subject stopped running. Deputy Kaley continued to use de-escalation techniques with the male subject until he was able to detain the male subject in handcuffs. Deputy Kaley transported the male subject to the Klickitat County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The male subject was identified as Brandon Bennett, 37 years old, of Goldendale, Washington.
Sheriff Bob Songer is very proud of the professionalism and restraint Deputy Kaley showed in dealing with Mr. Bennett, and Sheriff Songer believes this is a great example of appropriate de-escalation techniques.