Two protests clash downtown, one in custody following shooting

One man is in jail for felony assault after he fired a shot during a protest in downtown Olympia Saturday, according to the Olympia Police Department.

The two opposing groups of protesters first formed near the State Capitol Building, before moving further into downtown and ending up near City Hall, the Police Department said in a tweet.

At one point, a shot was fired from one group into the opposing crowd, the Police Department said. They did not elaborate on which protest group the shooter belonged to, though from witness statements he was a part of the right-wing/pro-Trump group.

He was taken into custody for felony 1st degree assault and 2nd degree assault, according to the Thurston County Jail Roster. OPD said additional charges for reckless endangerment may also be referred to the prosecutor.

OPD also said on Twitter, “We have evidence but would very much like to speak to those present, especially the person who looks to have been injured.”

The protest started around noon, and was over by around 4:00 pm, according to scanner traffic.

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