Man from standoff handed 25 months in prison

PORT ANGELES – Nathan Alden Inman, 23, was sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty in Clallam County Superior Court to charges stemming from a 2½-hour standoff with Port Angeles police in March.

Inman, who had initially been charged with attempted premeditated murder, took advantage of a plea offer that dropped that most serious charge.

Inman pleaded guilty to second degree assault, second degree malicious mischief and possession of methamphetamine on Monday.

Because Inman had threatened officers with a large knife and a spear, a 12-month enhancement was added to a 13-month sentence for assault.

Superior Court Judge Ken Williams followed the sentencing recommendation agreed to by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Courtney Popp and Inman’s defense attorney, Harry Gasnick.

Police went to Inman’s mother’s house on West Sixth Street on the morning of March 6 after being told that Inman was angry with his mother, and had thrown a chair and broken a window.

When police arrived, he was in a small motor home behind the house, threatening to stab any police officers who came inside the motor home.

More police arrived, including Officer Jason Viada, who trains other officers in the department on the use of stun guns and pepper spray.

Viada poured pepper spray into the mobile home, but it had no effect on Inman, according to police reports.

Viada peered into rear window, and saw Inman wearing a gas mask and crouched near the trailer’s door, holding a large knife and a four-foot spear, police reports said.

According to police reports, Viada used a Taser stun gun on Inman, keeping the trigger pulled until officers coming in the motor home’s main door reached him.

Inman said he wanted police officers to shoot him during the stand off, he later told a detective, according to court documents.

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