Protesters in Washington State Face off in Clash, 1 Shot

During Saturday evening in Olympia, Washington police arrested 1 violent protester following a shooting near the Capital building.

The Olympia Police Department said the person who was shot was taken to a hospital by other civilians.

Law enforcement says they are aware of videos surfacing involving the shooting.

The Thurston County sheriff’s office confirmed the arrest but didn’t immediately release details.

The two groups had opposing political views, and each side was heavily armed with rifles, handguns and clubs, and engaged in violent clashes, police said. Police arrested a person earlier in the day for a firearms violation.

“We’ve had sporadic confrontations between groups throughout the day,” said Sgt. Darren Wright of the Washington State Patrol.

Groups that planned demonstrations in the city included people protesting President Donald Trump’s loss in the presidential election last month, a Black Lives Matter counter-protest, and a group that wanted COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted.

Police said the groups were dispersing away from the Capital and back onto city streets when the shooting occurred.

The protests come after the Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit filed by Texas seeking to overturn the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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