A manhunt that started with an assault on a Fife Police officer ended Friday evening with the capture of a 24-year-old man wanted in Oregon for homicide and attempted murder.
The assault and subsequent hunt for the man started at about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of 70th Avenue East and North Levee Road, along the banks of the Puyallup River. Multiple police agencies responded to the scene, which snarled traffic around the Milroy Bridge, a key link between Fife and Puyallup.
According to Fife Police Chief Brad Blackburn, an officer responding to a call of a suspicious person found the 24-year-old fugitive near the intersection. The man attacked the officer and fled, Blackburn said. The subsequent chase lasted about two hours, drawing a law-enforcement swarm. Puyallup Police and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies assisted, along with other agencies. Eventually, officers found the man hiding in the brush near the 7300 block of North Levee Road and took him into custody.
The officer attacked by the man received minor injuries; Blackburn said they weren’t serious. Officers took the man to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Blackburn said the man would be booked into the Pierce County Jail after that on the out-of-state warrant. Fife Police are still investigating the incident. Blackburn asked anyone who might have seen the suspect fleeing or assaulting the officer to call the department’s dispatch line at 253-922-6633, ext. email@example.com