Kent officer fires at man who rammed a patrol car

Staff writerOctober 4, 2013 

A Kent police officer fired at a 32-year-old Seattle man late Thursday after the man rammed a patrol car with a stolen truck in an attempt to escape, according to the department.

The incident started just before midnight in the 19400 block of East Valley Highway when the officer tried to pull the man over. The man pulled into the parking lot of a closed business in the city’s industrial area trying to elude the officer.

When the officer found him and pulled up, the man allegedly drove his truck into the patrol car. The officer fired several shots and the man crashed the truck into nearby trees. The suspect was not hit.

The man and his two passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and booked into jail.

The officer, a 16-year veteran who has not been named, was placed on administrative leave while investigators reconstruct the incident. That is standard procedure after a police shooting.

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