• Tumwater officer attacked with hammer


    TUMWATER, Wash. - A Tumwater police officer was hit in the head with a hammer by a man wanted on a felony warrant.

    At 8:45 p.m. Monday, officers went to an apartment in the 300 block of T Street Southwest in Tumwater looking for a runway, as well as a man wanted on a felony Thurston County warrant. 

    The wanted man was identified as 23-year-old transient Mark Thomas.

    The renter of the apartment told officers both the runaway and Thomas, as well as several other people, were in the apartment.

    Police said when an officer stepped into the apartment, Thomas came out of a bathroom that was next to the front door and ambushed him, hitting the officer in the head with a hammer multiple times.

     The officers retreated from the apartment and Thomas closed the door. 

    After urging from some of the occupants in the apartment, Thomas surrendered to police shortly after. He was taken into custody and booked at the Thurston County Jail on assault charges, as well as his felony warrant.

    Three others in the apartment were arrested on warrants and booked at the Olympia Police Department, Nisqually Police Department and Thurston County Juvenile Detention. 

    The runaway was located and returned to a guardian.

     The officer was transported to St. Peter Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released. 

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