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EPD: Eureka man arrested for striking room mate in the leg with a maul, resisting officers

Justin Blaine Carlson, 45

Police arrested a Eureka man Wednesday after they say he struck his room mate in the leg with a maul, then resisted officers, according to the Eureka Police Dept.

On Jan. 30 at around 6:30 p.m. an assault was reported at an apartment on Henderson Street. When officers got to the scene they talked to the victim, who said a room mate, 45-year-old Justin Blaine Carlson assaulted the victim. The EPD did not specify the gender of the victim.

"During the argument, Carlson slapped the victim in the face, picked up a maul, and threw it at the victim, striking the victim in the leg," Capt. Patrick O'Neill with the EPD said. .

A maul is "a tool with a heavy head and a handle, used for tasks such as ramming, crushing, and driving wedges," according to Google.

After the assault, the EPD says Carlson went to his portion of the apartment.

Carlson refused to open the door and speak with officers face-to-face, according to police. He yelled incoherently and could be seen through the window pacing back and forth in the apartment, officers said.

"Carlson began barricading his apartment and attempts to gain Carlson’s compliance were unsuccessful," Capt. O'Neill said. "He would simply yell profanities and ramble incoherently in response to officer’s attempts to negotiate. At one point he spat at officers and threw objects at them."

Police said due to his increasing agitation and irrational behavior, officers requested help from Humboldt County Mental Health. For three hours, officers and the mental health clinician made several attempts to negotiate with Carlson, the EPD reported. While negotiations took place, an arrest warrant was obtained.

Officers forced entry into the residence and took Carlson into custody after a brief struggle and use of a taser, according to police. Carlson was taken to St. Joseph Hospital to be medically cleared for booking.

Carlson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) for assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He is being held on $40,000 bail, according to police.

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