Deputy Struck With Large Rocks After Suspect Brandishes Sword During Traffic Stop

A man attacked a Deputy with rocks and a sword, according to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. About 6:30PM Sunday evening the Deputy was in the Janesville area when he saw a car with no license plate on the side of the road behind the Honey Lake Rest Area. He stopped behind the car and a man got out of the passenger side and said he had run out of gas. The Deputy asked about license and registration and the man got mad and said the Deputy had no jurisdiction, then picked up a rock before opening his car door and pulling out a sword in a sheath. As he walked toward the Deputy he was told to drop the sword. He then threw several large rocks, striking the Deputy with 2 or 3 of them. He kept approaching and was hit with a Taser and fell but pulled the Taser prongs out and removed the sword from the sheath. The Deputy pulled his gun and warned the man, then sprayed him with Pepper Spray. The man turned, jumped a barbed wire fence and ran toward Honey Lake. Other Deputies and CHP Officers eventually caught up with 31-year-old Keoni Kalanui-Manantan. He was booked into jail on several charges.