Domestic violence calls are among those police dread the most -- they are unpredictable, and injuries and even death can result.

Central Precinct officers responded to a "domestic disturbance" report, on Saturday, January 23, at 3:54 a.m., in a home near S.W. 1st Avenue and Gibbs Street, right under the OHSU tram line wires.

Officers arrived and could hear a female voice inside the home, apparently screaming in distress. Officers knocked on the door.

A man, later identified as 22-year-old Zachary Hartley Walen, answered the door and was immediately combative with the two officers. The officers attempted to defuse the volatile situation, but Walen lunged at the officers and attempted to assault them both.

The officers attempted to take Walen into custody, but he continued violently to resist. Walen tried to run back into the home, where the officers believed the female domestic violence victim was in danger, so officers continued their attempts to restrain Walen and get him into custody.

At the top of a flight of stairs leading to the front door, the struggle between Walen and the officers continued -- until the female party, later identified as 23-year-old Carina Corry, came outside, and also began fighting with the officers.

The officers and Walen tumbled down the flight of stairs as they continued attempts to get Walen into custody. The officers eventually were able to deploy pepper spray and handcuff Walen. Corry was also taken into custody for assisting in the fight.

Both officers suffered injuries requiring medical treatment at a Portland hospital. One officer was treated and released, while the other officer remains in the hospital for observation and treatment.

Walen was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer (two counts). Corry was booked on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

The combative pair are to be arraigned on those charges on January 25.

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