Westport man assaults police officer

A 40-year-old Westport man was arrested Sunday night after assaulting a police officer, stealing his Taser then breaking into two homes, Westport Police Department Chief Bill Gibson said.

An officer responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday found George W. Lytle and a woman. The officer knew there was a protection order for the woman in place against Lytle and tried to arrest him.

Gibson said Lytle struggled and “wrestled the Taser from the officer’s hands, threatened the officer with it, threatened (the woman) with it.”

The officer chased Lytle on foot, along with a park ranger who arrived to help.

Lytle allegedly broke into two houses, “basically wanting keys to the car so he could take off from there,” Gibson said.

“He didn’t stay very long in each house but he did go in there and threatened them with the Taser,” he added. “People who aren’t that familiar with it, they’re going to assume it’s a gun. These people were pretty shaken up. Thankfully, he didn’t stay in the houses. It was better to capture him outside than end up with some kind of hostage situation.”

Lytle was eventually apprehended near the 300 block of Surf Street. The officer suffered a small fracture in his left hand and the ranger had cuts on his arm.

Lytle is held in the Grays Harbor County Jail with preliminary charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.


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