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Posted on: March 6, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Gang Member Charged for Threatening Corrections Officers

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Dejon Dewayne Michael Simpson, 24, with intimidating a public servant for harassing and threatening two Community Corrections Officers.

"We take threats to officer safety extremely seriously," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "Attacks on police officers, and the justice system, are attacks on our entire community."

On February 28, 2013, the defendant was admitted to the hospital for a stab wound to his back. Two Community Corrections Officers served as his overnight guards. When visitors were restricted from his room, the defendant became enraged, pulling out IV lines and ripping off monitor cable.

The Corrections Officers restrained the defendant to his bed. The defendant became increasingly hostile, stating, "It's officers like you who cause people to do things like what happened in Lakewood...that's what got those four officers killed." In 2009, four Lakewood Police Officers were killed by a gunman in a Forza coffee shop.

In a gesture to the officer, the defendant made a gun with his fingers, acting like he was pulling the trigger. He repeated this multiple times. Both Corrections Officers felt that the defendant's actions were direct threats. The defendant admitted to making the statements and gestures, but denied they were threats.

The defendant is in custody on unrelated charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and theft. He has prior felony convictions for riot with a deadly weapon, assault, and malicious mischief.

He is scheduled to be arraigned today, March 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 260 at the County City Building in Tacoma.

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

For more information, please contact Kelly Kelstrup at (253) 798-7792, [email protected].

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