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56-Year-Old Arrested for Assault on Police, Resisting and Obstructing, Misuse of 911

POST FALLS, IDAHO – On June 20th, 2022 about 9:16 p.m., the Post Falls Police Department 911 Center received a 911 call from a man, 56-year-old Randy Ness of Post Falls, stating he wanted officers to take him away, then rambling incoherently and seeming to be under the influence. Officers were dispatched to do a welfare check of Ness, believing he may be having a medical emergency.

Officers arrived at the residence, in the 300 Block of East 4th Ave, and knocked on the door for a few minutes trying to get Ness to come to the door so they could check his welfare. During this time a large mix breed dog was seen in the window aggressively barking at officers.

Ness briefly appeared in the window of the front door and flipped officers off before opening the door and ordering his dog to attack the officers. One officer was able to escape the dog before it turned its attention on the second officer and moved to attack him. The officer fired his department issued handgun in self-defense, immediately incapacitating the animal.

Ness went back into his residence and refused to come to the door. Officers eventually left the residence due to the totality of circumstances and an arrest warrant was requested and issued for Ness.

On June 21st, 2022, at approximately 2:20 P.M. Post Falls Police officers and detectives attempted to serve the warrants on Ness at his residence. Ness ran into the back of the house and barricaded himself.

The Post Falls Special Response Team was called out due to Ness’s behavior and history. Distraction devices and tear gas were deployed inside the residence after Ness refused to come out.

At 3:30 hours Ness surrendered and was arrested for his warrant on the charges of aggravated assault (felony), resisting and obstructing (misdemeanor) X2, and Misuse of 911 (misdemeanor).

No further information will be released at this time.