The Thurston County SWAT team assisted Olympia Police early Thursday during the arrest of a suspect in a bar fight that occurred about a month ago.
Olympia Police spokesman Lt. Paul Lower said a 35-year-old man allegedly broke another man’s jaw after they “had a dispute of the rules and dynamics” of a pool game.
“Maybe the victim won the game,” Lower said.
Both men left the bar, and the victim later reported the assault. Olympia Police were able to identify the suspect, and during their investigation learned he was associated with a white supremacist group, Lower said.
Because the group’s members are known for violence during arrests, police asked Thurston County to send a SWAT team to the home near Eastside Street and 12th Avenue for assistance, Lower said.
The suspect went peacefully and was booked for investigation of assault into the Thurston County Accountability and Restitution Center, Lower said. The dispute over the pool game was not racially motivated or related to a hate crime, he said.