Union-Bulletin Court Report

A man accused of slashing at officers and injuring a police dog in October 2018 near Burbank was deemed competent to stand trial by an Eastern State Hospital evaluation, but was granted another evaluation on Monday on the defense attorney’s request.  

Irwing J. Gamboa Gomez, 23, who has no permanent address, was arrested Oct. 3 after a standoff at 214 Coyote Loop in the Vista Hermosa housing complex east of Burbank.

He is facing nine charges, including two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, and one count each of first-degree burglary, second-degree malicious mischief, harming a police dog, third-degree malicious mischief and resisting arrest.

He was sent to Eastern State Hospital in October 2018 originally for 90 days before returning to court in mid-January to determine if he was competent for trial. However, he has been at the hospital for the past seven months.

Now, he will undergo another evaluation by a to-be-determined expert, at the request of his attorney, Robin Olson. It is unknown when the evaluation will be complete.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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