A Lynnwood police officier is in serious condition after plunging down a hill during a pursuit of suspect wanted on a felony warrent.
Officer Ryan Hoirup and the suspect both fell down an 18-foot embankment during a foot pursuit at about 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, said Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions.
Hoirup was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Sessions said that Lynnwood police chased the suspect on foot to Reclinerland in the 3000 block of 196th Street SW in Lynnwood.
Hoirup caught the suspect, both they both tumbled over the embankment and landed in a deep gully with nothing breaking their fall.
Hoirup was unable to move and fellow officers were unable to get to him. Firefighters were eventually able to remove him and take him to Harborview.
The suspect, a 29-year-old male from the Lynnwood area, suffered a broken wrist and ran to nearby woods. He was soon captured by Lynnwood officers. Sessions aid the suspect has multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants.
He was arrested and booked in the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for those warrants, along with investigation of assault.
Hoirup, 28, was hired by the Lynnwood Police Department in 2007. He is married with a new baby.
"This incident caused a very large response by various area law enforcement agencies and fire departments," Sessions said. "We thank them all for their service and support."