This story has been updated with the name of a second deputy involved in the incident and the status of both deputies involved. It has also changed the relationship of Dan Augustson to Nalls.
WATERVILLE — An autopsy on a Waterville man who died during an arrest early Tuesday morning showed “no outward sign of trauma,” said John Wisemore, a spokesman for the agency investigating the incident.
A final report is awaiting toxicology results, which could take up to 11 weeks, said Wisemore, undersheriff for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. That agency is investigating the death, which occurred in the Douglas County town of Waterville.
The name of the Douglas County sheriff’s deputy involved in the arrest was also released Wednesday afternoon. Hans Andersen suffered cuts and scrapes when he was dragged about two blocks by Jason Nalls, who took control of Andersen’s patrol car. Wisemore said the deputy was hanging onto the driver’s side door, trying to regain control of the vehicle.
Andersen, 46, has been a sheriff’s deputy in Douglas County for eight years, Wisemore said. Andersen was treated and released at Central Washington Hospital after the incident. Wisemore said he did not suffer any broken bones.
Nalls, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene, which was near Waterville’s Pioneer Park, authorities said.
Nalls is survived by his wife, Tomeika, and a 4-year-old daughter, said Dan Augustson of Waterville, a neighbor of Nalls.
Deputies were called to Nalls’ residence around 10 p.m. Monday after Nalls reported someone shooting at his house. Deputies could not confirm that any shots were fired.
According to investigators: Nalls asked to be taken to Central Washington Hospital for mental health reasons and then ran out of his house.
Around 1 a.m., Andersen found Nalls about two blocks from his home. When the deputy got out of his car, Nalls got into the patrol car and began driving away, dragging Andersen about two blocks. The patrol car went into Pioneer Park, struck an embankment and stopped.
The deputy then shot a Taser at Nalls and was able to handcuff the man, either with the help of a second deputy or Augustson, who also recorded a video of the arrest.
The second deputy was Kevin Battis, who has been a deputy with Douglas County for three years.
Both Andersen and Battis have been placed on administrative leave, with pay, said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. That is standard procedure after incidents involving deaths.
Wisemore said about a minute after the handcuffs were placed on Nalls, deputies noticed that Nalls had become unresponsive and stopped breathing.
They started CPR, and emergency crews arrived and took over life-saving efforts but could not revive Nalls.