A Tacoma police officer patrolling near Sixth Avenue early Saturday ran over a man lying in the street.
The incident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. in the 600 block of North Fife Street in Tacoma, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
Cool said the officer was patrolling for car prowlers and running license plate numbers on his computer prior to the accident.
The officer "was going very slowly," she said, and didn't see the man in the road. He administered medical aid to the victim until paramedics arrived.
The 22-year-old victim is in critical condition at St. Joseph Medical Center.
An investigation is ongoing and no further details about the incident would be released Saturday, Cool said.
The police officer is currently off duty, but won't be placed on administrative leave because it was an accident, Cool said. He has worked in law enforcement for seven years.
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