A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered a shoulder and hand injury Sunday night after a suspect resisted arrest inside the gazebo at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia, according to a spokesman for the department.
A second trooper who came to assist also suffered a minor knee injury.
About 9:40 p.m. Sunday, the troopers were dispatched to the park after three men were reportedly dealing and using drugs there, spokesman Kyle Moore said.
They found evidence of a controlled substance violation, and attempted to make arrests, he said.
One man was taken into custody after trying to flee with handcuffs on. The 24-year-old man was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespass.
A second suspect fled the scene with another man. Troopers continue to look for them, Moore said.
The trooper with the hand and shoulder injuries was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. His condition is unknown.
The Washington State Patrol has jurisdiction over Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia because it’s state property.