Two transient men are hospitalized after allegedly stabbing each other after an altercation that began in Olympia's Sylvester Park afternoon.
The men, 36 and 27, frequent downtown Olympia, according to Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Hicks.
The 36-year-old is in critical condition after being stabbed in the abdomen, while the 27-year-old is listed as stable with stab wounds to the back, Hicks said.
Detectives are still trying to sort out what led to the bloody assault that started around 4 p.m.
"These guys were seen talking to one another about an hour prior to this incident, and suddenly, [the 36-year-old] decided to stab [the 27-year-old]," Hicks said.
Because of the 36-year-old's condition, detectives have not had the chance to speak with him.
Detectives think one knife was used in the attacks that started in the park and continued onto the streets of downtown Olympia. The weapon has not been recovered.
Hicks said detectives are also trying to determine which agency will take lead on the investigation. Sylvester Park is under State Patrol jurisdiction as an extension of the Capitol Campus, but because the incident continued onto the street, the Olympia Police Department is also involved.
Hicks said that decision will be made today.