By Rikki King Herald writer
A Lynnwood police officer was seriously injured Aug. 26 after falling down an embankment during a struggle with a suspect.
It happened as officers were chasing a man with a felony warrant for his arrest about 5:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of 196th Street SW, Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said.
Officer Ryan Hoirup was attempting to make the arrest when the man began struggling with him, Sessions said.
During the confrontation, they both tumbled over an 18-foot embankment and landed at the bottom, with nothing breaking their fall.
Hoirup was unable to move, and firefighters had to bring in technical rescue equipment to get him out. They took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed in serious condition on Aug. 27.
Hoirup, 28, is a five-year veteran of the department. He is married and has a new baby, Sessions said.
The other man suffered a broken wrist. After the fall, the man tried again to run from police but was quickly captured by other officers nearby, Sessions said.
The man, 29, of Lynnwood, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on multiple warrants and for investigation of second-degree assault.
The incident remained under investigation Aug. 27.
Lynnwood police are grateful for the help they received during the incident from local police and fire departments, Sessions said.
“We thank them all for their service and support,” she said.