A Thurston County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a suspect who’d driven off in the deputy’s SUV on Tuesday afternoon during an incident near the south end of the Olympia Regional Airport.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy had responded to a call about the suspect being on private property near the intersection of 93rd Avenue Southeast and Tilley Road, south of Tumwater, about 4 p.m.
When the deputy arrived, he and the suspect talked until the suspect punched the deputy in the face repeatedly.
The suspect then got into the deputy’s SUV and took off, with the deputy on the running board. The SUV rammed a white passenger car, and the driver sustained minor injuries. When the deputy realized the suspect was putting others in danger, he shot the suspect in the chest, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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The suspect, who was not identified Tuesday, was a white man in his 20s.