Citizen assist turns dangerous for deputy


Deputies had to decontaminate after being spit on by a subject who reportedly had Hepatitis C following a citizen assist incident.

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down at 8:52 p.m. June 20 on Highway 101 near milepost 306 after a motorcyclist stopped the deputy stating he witnessed an assault.

According to the motorcyclist, a male and female were swinging items at one another and the male had a skateboard.

The deputy located the couple near milepost 307, in which Marshall Kendall told the officer the female had allegedly cheated on him, and Kendall began to “ramp up his emotion while I was speaking with him and began yelling,” according to the deputy.

The deputy noted Kendall had fresh wounds on his hand that were “recently scabbed over,” and his had had a small amount of blood that was recent.

“Kendall stated that he had punched a glass window earlier in rage,” an affidavit in the cases stated. 

The deputy attempted to provide a ride to the Kitsap County ferry per Kendall’s request to break up the incident.

“Kendall was not under arrest and was not handcuffed,” the deputy stated, noting he also frisked Kendall for weapons before placing Kendall in the patrol car.

The deputy was notified by another deputy who interviewed the woman that an assault did not occur, and the disagreement arose when Kendall allegedly took a bag of chips from an elderly woman. 

About 5 miles into the transfer, the deputy stated Kendall began to get upset striking the back of the cage in the vehicle with his fist.

“I warned Kendall that further outbursts or damage to my vehicle would be cause for his arrest,” the deputy stated. “Kendall apologized at this time and stated he was just frustrated.”

Another mile into the trip, Kendall allegedly began striking the partition “over and over again.”

The deputy then pulled over and noticed Kendall had injured his hands and was bleeding on his knuckles. Blood was observed on the partition, seat and glass.

The deputy then advised Kendall was under arrest, and placed him in handcuffs without incident.

Kendall was then transferred to Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend for treatment.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Kendall reportedly began kicking the door causing a dent, and reportedly told the deputy, “I am going to pick up another charge,” spitting on the deputy’s partner and striking him in the arm.

Kendall was reportedly compliant during the hospital visit, advising the staff he was positive for Hepatitis C.

Upon leaving the hospital, Kendall reportedly had an outburst, telling the deputy “I told the hospital staff I wouldn’t give them shit, but not you … guys.”

“As we led Kendall out of the hospital, he stood up on his own accord and slammed his head into the side of the patrol car, causing a 5 inch dent.”

Kendall then allegedly spit on the deputies striking one in the face.

“The spit hood did not catch the spit  and his saliva struck my face,” the deputy stated.

Kendall was charged with three counts of assault in the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and malicious mischief in the second degree, also punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Kendall was held on a $20,000 surety bond. His next court date is tentatively set for June 29.


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