A transient man was arrested Tuesday after an alleged domestic dispute in which his wife defended herself against an assault, according to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Bend police officers responded to a reported altercation at NE Watt Way near NE Mary Rose Place in Bend and discovered that 55-year-old John Roger Dallas had suffered knife wounds. He was taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment.
Hummel said Dallas had “violently smacked” his wife, Jeannie Kay Dallas, 53, early in the evening and then physically threatened her later in the evening. She stabbed him with a kitchen knife to defend herself, Hummel said.
“Her decision to stab her husband was righteous and authorized by Oregon’s self-defense law,” he said in a statement.
Jeannie Dallas was initially jailed on suspicion of second-degree assault. But Hummel and deputy district attorneys reviewed the evidence and declined to prosecute Jeannie Dallas, determining that she was a domestic abuse victim and stabbed her abuser to avoid being assaulted again.
After his treatment at St. Charles, John Dallas was jailed for a probation violation and for charges related to previous alleged crimes against Jeannie Dallas, including assault and strangulation.