Man Allegedly Stabs Two Officers After Setting Neighbor's Door on Fire

A man was arrested in Olympia, Washington, on Thursday evening after stabbing two officers and lighting his neighbor's door on fire, according to police reports.

Olympia Police Department tweeted that "while attempting to arrest a suspect for lighting his neighbor's door on fire, the suspect stabbed two officers" at the scene.

The officers arrived at the scene at 5:20 p.m. according to The Olympian. The incident took place in the 1300 block of Fern Street Southwest, near the Olympia Auto Mall.

Lieutenant Paul Lower told The Olympian that the Olympia Police Department had received multiple 911 calls about the fire lit by the suspect.

When police arrived at the scene, the fire had been put out and the suspect was retreating in his apartment. Officers tried to talk to the suspect with the aid of a designated crisis responder, and finally entered the apartment after obtaining a search warrant.

Lower said that's when the suspect stabbed the two officers.

One of the two officers then fired his handgun at the suspect, Olympia Police Department said. Both officers were transported to the hospital, one in serious but stable condition, and the other with a non-life threatening wound.

The suspect was airlifted to a hospital in Pierce County in critical condition, according to the police report. His name and age are still unknown, as is the motive for lighting his neighbor's door on fire. The exact location of the incident hasn't yet been disclosed.

According to Olympia police, the Capital Metro Independent Investigative Team was called to the scene and is now conducting an independent investigation.

Assaulting a police officer brings more serious penalties than assaulting a regular person. Charges and sentences for assaulting an officer vary from state to state, but often include jail time.

In Washington, assaulting a police officer might result in a maximum jail term of 180 days, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

The South Westside area of Olympia is among the "most dangerous" areas of the city according to real estate online database Neighborhood Scout. According to the website, Olympia is less safe than the Washington average, with the chances of being a victim of a violent crime being 1 in 207 compared to 1 in 314 in Washington.

The chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 32, against Washington's 1 in 37.

According to another similar database, Area Vibes, crime in Olympia is 61 percent higher than the national average, with violent crime being 29 percent higher than the national average and property crime being 67 percent higher than the national average.