Hearing reset for inmate accused of attempted murder of officer

PORT ANGELES — A competency review hearing for a prison inmate accused of trying to kill a Clallam Bay Corrections Center deputy in 2016 has been reset because of delays at Western State Hospital.

Abdinjib Ibraham, who was found not competent to stand trial for the attempted murder of Deputy Terry Breedlove, had not yet been admitted to the state psychiatric hospital for competency restoration, Assistant Attorney General Sean Waite said Friday.

“They were hoping to have him admitted within 90 to 100 days of the order being entered, that being April 30,” Waite told Clallam County Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour.

“We’re hoping that he’ll be in sooner than that, obviously.”

Coughenour reset the hearing for July 26.

Violent charge

Ibraham is charged with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly using a metal stool to repeatedly strike Breedlove on the back of the head until he was unconscious in a pool of blood on Jan. 25, 2016.

Breedlove, who was 51 at the time of the attack, survived his injuries but was diagnosed with concussive syndrome and a traumatic brain injury, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Ibraham’s competency was previously restored at Western State before it deteriorated in prison, court papers said.

“Mr. Ibraham is acutely psychotic with overlaid signs of mania,” Dr. Barry Ward, state forensic psychologist, wrote in an April opinion.

“In his current psychotic state, Mr. Ibraham lacks the ability to rationally assist in his defense, or even understand his legal peril.”

Superior Court Judge Brent Basden ordered Ibraham to undergo 90 days of competency restoration at Western State.

Waite said that Ibraham was moved to the “end of the line” at Western State because his competency had previously been restored.

Ibraham “responded quickly” to treatment during his previous hospitalization, Ward said.

“His symptoms did not completely abate, but were well managed,” Ward wrote in his report.

Ibraham, who was born in Somalia and immigrated to the United States at age 10, was sentenced in King County on four counts of vehicular assault, driving under the influence, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and first-degree robbery.

He is scheduled to be released in that case in 2021.


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