A Umatilla man was arrested Friday night in Hermiston for threatening to kill members of his family with an ax during a family meal.
The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office was called to the disturbance on Baxter Road at 10:46 p.m. after family reported Kasey Shawn Pankey, 26, had become upset and was making threats. There were 10 people in the house.
One family member fought to take the ax from Pankey. No one was injured, but the caller was worried Pankey would get his hands on other weapons or firearms.
Deputy Nathan Rankin responded and arrived just as Pankey was leaving the house in a white Subaru with a female driver.
Pankey got out of the vehicle and after briefly ignoring Rankin’s orders, eventually complied and was secured. Rankin spoke to witnesses and arrested Pankey, lodging him at the Umatilla County Jail on six domestic violence counts each of second-degree attempted assault, menacing, coercion and recklessly endangering.
Umatilla County Undersheriff Jim Littlefield said Pankey was likely set off when “someone said something he didn’t like.”