Four officers were injured and two people arrested during a disturbance that turned into a “Help the Officer” call Saturday afternoon in Cal Anderson Park.
On Saturday, at around 4:30 PM, officers responded to a report of a man breaking the windows of a business and church near 11th Avenue and East Olive Street. The man used a rock to break the windows, and the damage was extensive. Officers arrived, spoke with the complainant, and located the male suspect nearby in Cal Anderson Park.
As officers contacted the man, a large crowd surrounded the officers as they escorted him out of the park. The suspect then collapsed on the ground. Officers attempted to render medical aid and Seattle Fire was called to the scene. As this was occurring, a man who was known to officers from previous contacts began assaulting officers and inciting the crowd. The crowd then converged on officers. Officers requested additional units to the scene and eventually a “Help the Officer” call was broadcast over the radio. Additional officers responded to the scene until order was restored.
Officers were able to transport the collapsed suspect out of the park to waiting SFD nearby. The 28-year-old suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he received additional medical treatment. When he was medically cleared from the hospital he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief.
Another man was arrested for assaulting an officer while officers were attempting to arrest the original property damage suspect. The 35-year-old suspect was later booked into jail for investigation of assault.
A total of four officers were assaulted during the incident.