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By Andrew Christiansen
Reporter 

Man jailed for assault, claims self defense

 


A Goldendale man was sent to jail for severely beating another man in what he claimed was self-defense.

Goldendale Police responded to the 300 block of West Allyn around 4:30 p.m. on June 7 after a call was made about a man needing medical assistance. After some discussion, the victim was led from his home exhibiting a badly battered face, which resulted from an assault about one-hour earlier. The man’s eyes were swollen shut and he was spitting blood, according to the report. He was sent to Klickitat Valley Hospital via ambulance. His assailant was alleged to be A.J. Campo, of Goldendale.

Campo showed up at the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, asking to speak to a deputy. He claimed he had assaulted a man in self-defense. Goldendale police interviewed Campo, who said “Brian put his hand on my neck, so I laid him out, and that will happen every time he does that,” according to court documents. The investigating officer noted no cuts, scratches, red marks, or any other sign on injury on Campo. The victim reported that he didn’t know he was in a fight and that the first blow was to the back of his head. Witness reports confirmed the man was severely beaten, including having his head rammed into a van.

The Prosecutor’s Office awaited the medical report before deciding on charges of felony assault in the second degree, which includes intent to do bodily harm. The medical report stated that the victim suffered an inferior blowout fracture of the left orbital socket and displaced fracture of medial and lateral walls of his sinus. Bail was set at $50,000.

 

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