The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department on Friday identified three deputies who fired their weapons at two people inside a stolen pickup truck whose driver allegedly drove at them after a pursuit in Midland.
Justin Watts, 28, Jeffrey Jorgenson, 52, and Matthew Hirschi, 30, were placed on paid administrative leave after Tuesday’s shooting. That is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting while the investigation is done.
Watts has been with the department three years, Jorgenson is an 11-year veteran, and Hirschi has 10 years on the job.
Two men, ages 33 and 37, were wounded in the shooting.
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The incident started when a deputy saw a stolen Ford F250 driving recklessly and tried to pull the driver over in the 7200 block of Golden Given Road East.
The driver sped off and reached 70 miles per hour on residential roads while fleeing from the deputy, who radioed for help.
After the driver lost control of the truck and spun around, he allegedly drove at the three deputies instead of getting out of the pickup as ordered.
All the deputies fired their weapons. It was unclear which of them wounded the driver and the passenger. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
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