A Tacoma man was arraigned Monday and charged with backing his car into a Tacoma police patrol vehicle and then driving toward an officer, prompting the officer to shoot at the car.
Jose Manuel Mendoza Davalos, 34, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief in Pierce County Superior Court. He is being held without bail in the Pierce County Jail.
Tacoma police issued a release Monday clarifying its account of the incident Sunday night in South Tacoma. According to the release:
An officer responded about 6:30 p.m. to a traffic dispute at a parking lot in the 3200 block of South Union Avenue.
After the dispute was resolved, Mendoza Davalos intentionally backed into the officer’s vehicle, then parked his car, rolled up the windows, locked the doors and pulled his hood over his head to avoid the officer.
The officer called for backup and waited as three officers arrived.
The officers told Mendoza Davalos to get out of the car. Instead, he backed into the patrol vehicle, drove into a curb and then backed up and hit two other vehicles in the parking lot.
Mendoza Davalos drove toward another car and one of the officers.
A 50-year-old male officer fired multiple rounds into the car but did not hit Mendoza Davalos. The car passed the officer and a patrol vehicle was used to keep it in place.
Mendoza Davalos continued to ignore police commands, at which point an officer used a Taser to subdue and detain him. He was taken to the hospital after complaining of pain, then was booked into jail.
The police investigation of the incident is ongoing.
The officer who shot at Mendoza Davalos, a 21-year veteran of the department veteran, is on administrative leave, standard procedure when an officer fires his weapon.