Pacific police shoot man who allegedly tried to escape in patrol car

Staff writerFebruary 7, 2014 

The scene where a Pacific police officer shot a suspect on Friday morning.

KING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

A Pacific police officer shot and injured a man late Thursday during a struggle to stop the man from fleeing in the officer’s patrol car.

The King County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the police shooting. The 41-year-old Quilcene man is listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center but is expected to live.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the department, tried to pull over a stolen vehicle about 10:40 p.m. but the driver sped away and drove over several lawns as he tried to escape.

The driver eventually pulled into the driveway of a home in the 200 block of Sunset Drive and began running away. The officer chased him on foot.

At some point, the man circled around the house and jumped into the patrol car – which was still running – in an attempt to flee, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West said.

The officer struggled with the man and fired several shots.

The patrol car then crashed into a Hummer parked in the driveway of a house across the street, which was shoved partway into the garage.

West said the officer was not injured and that the truck had been reported stolen Wednesday from Port Townsend.

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