Police responded to the area after Intercity Transit employees said the man broke in and assaulted one of them, a city news release says.
A man died in custody of Olympia police outside Intercity Transit administrative facilities on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Police responded to 222 State Ave. after employees of the transit service called 911 around 2:30 p.m. to say the man broke into the locked business facilities and assaulted several employees, according to city news releases.
When officers arrived, they took the man in handcuffs outside, where he kicked and spit blood on officers, the releases say. A sergeant then noticed the man looked ill.
Medics responded to help one of the staff members, who authorities said the man punched, kicked and bit. While on scene, the medics also tried to help the man, though they were unsuccessful, the releases say. He died at the scene.
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Authorities have not released the man’s identity, other than he appeared to be in his 30s or 40s.
Five officers were involved in the incident, none of whom sustained injuries, according to one of the releases. Investigators say there is no evidence they used weapons with the man, the release says.
The officers and their years of service: Sgt. Dan Duncan, 26 years; Rob Beckwell, 23 years; Ryan Donald, 4 years; Javier Sola Del Vigo, 3 years; and Jonathan Leavitt, 2 years.
The Thurston County Critical Incident Team, which investigates serious officer-involved cases that lead to citizen injury or death, and a regional law-enforcement team are looking into the incident, the release says.
All of the officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.