PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 33-year-old man in police custody is accused of spraying an officer in the face with a fire extinguisher while trying to escape from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
Skyler Jack Oberholtzer was taken to OHSU after struggling with police when they arrested him in SW Portland on Tuesday, according to court documents. Officers responded to reports of a hit-and-run crash and found an empty stolen vehicle when they arrived.
They found Oberholtzer nearby with a bag of meth on him and arrested him.
After being treated in OHSU’s emergency room, Oberholtzer “ran for the door and managed to get out of the building,” according to court documents. OHSU security and police officers chased him but he ran into the Physician’s Lobby where he grabbed a 5 gallon fire extinguisher and deployed it directly at an OHSU officer.
The OHSU officer reported that the fire retardant made it difficult for people to see. The officer said powder got into his eyes, nose, ears, mouth and throat, according to court documents. When another OHSU officer tried to take Oberholtzer into custody, he pointed the extinguisher at him and discharged it again, records show.
Officers had to tackle Oberholtzer in order to take him into custody. He is shown in a jail booking photo with blood coming for his nose, but the cause of that remains unknown.
A nurse at the hospital was observed having “white dusting” all over her face, which police said, was likely caused by the smoke-like haze produced when Oberholtzer discharged the fire extinguisher.
Oberholtzer appeared in court on Thursday where he was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of second-degree escape, interfering with a peace officer, and possession of meth.
He is scheduled to be in court later this month.