Man suspected of trying to run down deputy in Gig Harbor arrested in Tacoma

Staff writerJuly 12, 2013 

A 26-year-old man who allegedly tried to run down a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy outside a Gig Harbor house Friday led police on a high-speed chase into Tacoma before he was found hiding in a shed and arrested.

The incident started about 9:25 a.m. when deputies were called to investigate a home in the 1500 block of 56th Avenue Court Northwest, where neighbors in the waterfront gated community suspected people were squatting.

Deputies arrived and took a few people into custody for questioning. Then a man fleeing in a white Dodge Infinity tried to run over a deputy, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The deputy fired about five times at the fleeing suspect. The deputy later was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

Deputies followed and spotted him in the 7000 block of 56th Avenue Court Northwest, where he had abandoned the Infinity for a black pickup truck.

Deputies, assisted by the Washington State Patrol and officers from Gig Harbor and Tacoma, chased the man along state Route 16 and into Tacoma, until he abandoned his truck in a yard near South 56th and M streets and began running.

A KIRO-TV helicopter followed the pursuit, spotted the man entering a nearby shed and directed deputies to him.

The man suffered a 4-inch cut on his back where one of the deputy’s bullets scraped him. The bullet then lodged in the back of his hooded sweatshirt.

“He’s very luck to be alive,” Troyer said.

At the house where the incident started, deputies found evidence of a marijuana operation but said it was too early to determine how large it was.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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