Police: Wanted felon attacks officer with hammer

TUMWATER, Wash. -- A wanted felon ambushed a police officer looking for a runaway, hitting him multiple times in the head with a hammer, Monday night in Tumwater, according to the Tumwater Police Department.

The officer went to an apartment in the 300 block of T Street Southwest around 8:45 p.m. while looking for Mark Thomas, a 23-year-old transient with a felony warrant out for his arrest, and a runaway.

According to police, the apartment's renter told the officer both Thomas and the runaway were in the apartment. When the officer stepped into the apartment, Thomas reportedly popped out of a nearby bathroom and repeatedly hit the officer in the head with a hammer.

The officer was able to escape the apartment, and Thomas, at the urging of several other people in the apartment, surrendered a few minutes later, according to police.

Thomas was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail for investigation of assault and the felony warrant.

Three other people in the apartment were arrested for outstanding warrants and turned over to the Olympia Police Department, Nisqually Police Department and Thurston County Juvenile Detention.

The runaway was returned to a guardian.

The officer was treated for his injuries at St. Peter Hospital and released.