Seattle officers assaulted while trying to break up fight

SEATTLE -- Officers were assaulted, one suffering a broken finger, by a man wielding a belt buckle when they attempted to break up a fight between two men Monday night in downtown, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, two officers were driving in the 1500 block of Seventh Avenue around 8 p.m. when they saw a man with a belt wrapped around his hand punching a man wearing business clothes in the face with the buckle.

Officers stopped and tried to break up the fight, but the suspect continued to attack the victim, according to police. Officers reportedly had to use pepper spray to subdue the suspect.

While they were trying to break up the fight, a woman ran at the officers while screaming in an attempt to incite the crowd gathered around, according to police.

The suspect, a 27-year-old man from San Diego, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault. The 19-year-old woman from Lake Stevens who reportedly tried to incite the crowd was booked into King County Jail for investigation of obstruction.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for severe injuries to his head and face.

According to police, the victim and suspect did not know each other, and it is unclear why they were fighting.


Ed. Note: It was originally reported the suspect and victim knew each other. That was incorrect. We apologize for the error.