Spokane Police Lt. injured in fight has surgery to repair ankle

Spokane Police Lt. injured in fight has surgery to repair ankle

SPOKANE, Wash. – A longtime Spokane Police Lieutenant is recovering from a broken ankle after authorities said he was attacked while on a disturbance call.

Lieutenant Rex Olson underwent surgery Wednesday at Sacred Heart for a shattered ankle.

Olson has been on the force for 44 years. KREM 2 has done many stories with Olson over those years. Back in 2013, we even profiled him in an entire report. At the time, Mayor Condon tasked him to be the first-ever Spokane officer to be stationed at city hall.

KREM 2 has also covered the man accused of hurting Lieutenant Olson. Cory Yeager is a career criminal with several run-ins with the law. Back in 2016, he made the news after police say he tried to break into a home and then ran through a neighborhood with a sledgehammer. Yeager faced malicious mischief charges after that incident. It pales in comparison to his current charge of felony assault of a police officer.

According to court records, Yeager admitted being high on meth at the time of the incident. It happened at a gas station at North Ash and West Nora Tuesday night. Police tried to take Yeager away for a psyche evaluation but they said he turned violent. In court documents, an officer described Yeager as "fighting tooth and nail with the strength of an army." During that scuffle, Yeager is accused of kicking Lieutenant Olson and shattering his ankle.

Colleagues describe the lieutenant as a mainstay and reliable part of the force, one who will be missed during several months of recovery.

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