Iraq War Vet Critically Injured by Police Attack on Occupy Oakland Protest

Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Iraqi war veteran, suffered a fractured skull after being shot in the face with a tear gas canister. Olsen was injured Tuesday night in a police crackdown on Occupy Oakland protesters.

The video below shows Olsen engaging in peaceful protest moments before being shot by police. It also documents police shooting tear gas at those who tried to help Olsen after he was injured.

Footage of Scott Olsen being shot by Police at Occupy Oakland from Raleigh Latham on Vimeo.

Olsen, a former marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, remains in critical condition. Hospital officials have not released details of his condition. But friends and acquaintances have told several media outlets that Olsen suffered a two inch skull fracture and swelling of the brain. He is currently in a medically-induced coma. Brain damage appears to be a concern.