A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A 56-year-old man accused of firing a shot at two Brea police officers was charged Wednesday with two felony counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.

Thomas Michael Dawson of Yorba Linda also faces a sentencing enhancement for his alleged personal use of a firearm, according to Roxi Fyad of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The officers were dispatched about 3 p.m. Monday to the Hyland Motel at 727 S. Brea Blvd. to conduct a welfare check, according to Brea police Lt. Darrin Devereux.

They attempted to make contact with Dawson, but he wouldn’t come out of his room and paramedics were summoned to assist, Fyad said.

“As officers spoke to the defendant from outside his room, Dawson is accused of firing a single shot through the motel wall,” Fyad said.

The round nearly hit one of the officers in his head, missing by about six inches, according to Fyad.

“The officers called for assistance from the SWAT team and did not return fire,” she said.

Dawson was shot with “less lethal” bean bag rounds and then tackled by a SWAT officer and taken into custody. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to Brea police.

Dawson is due to be arraigned Thursday in Santa Ana.

–City News Service

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