More Details On Failed Drug Deal Which Left Undercover Officers Injured (UPDATED)

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 19, 2010

We've got a few more details on last night's failed drug bust, which landed five men in jail and sent two officers to the hospital.

According to police, an undercover officer met up with one of the suspects on the street and set up a drug deal. The officer followed the suspect—who was acting as an intermediary—into a nearby parking lot, where five other men approached him.

The officer and suspects got into a you-show-us-the-money/you-show-us-the-drugs situation (like in the movies!), and the group of suspects surrounded the officer, according to police. 

"It’s pretty clear the suspects were trying to rob the undercover officers," Jamieson says.

The officer tried to call off deal and turned to leave when he was "sucker punched" by one of the suspects, according to SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson. The suspect hit the officer so hard that police initially believed the officer's jaw was broken.

The officer went to the ground and several other officers who had been observing the drug deal from afar rushed in as police put out a citywide "help the officer" call.

Most of the suspects fled, but one man "squared up" and tried to fight with an officer, Jamieson says, and was Tasered.

During the melee, one officer--who works in the West Precinct's bike squad, and has only been with the department since 2007--sustained a broken orbital bone and broken nose, along with a gash on his head. The other officer--who has been with SPD since 2004, and works with the bike squad and ACT--sustained a severely-swollen-but-not-broken jaw. Both officers were taken to Harborview but were released early this morning.

Police arrested six people, and booked five of them for robbery and assault. The five suspects who were booked are 17, 22, 20, 18, and 41 years old.

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