Three Pierce County sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded two people near Midland early Tuesday after the men allegedly drove at deputies after a pursuit.
The Sheriff’s Department gave this account of the incident:
It began about midnight when a deputy spotted a stolen Ford F250 pickup traveling recklessly in the 7200 block of Golden Given Road East and tried to pull it over.
Instead, the driver sped away, prompting a chase that reached 70 mph on residential roads.
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Other deputies joined the pursuit, which ended in the 9600 block of Golden Given Road East.
“At one point during the pursuit, he loses control and goes off the roadway and ends up facing the deputies,” Detective Sgt. Gary Sanders said of the pickup’s driver.
The deputies got out of their patrol cars and ordered the people to get our of the stolen truck.
When the 33-year-old man behind the wheel drove toward deputies, three deputies opened fire.
The driver and a 37-year-old man in the passenger seat were shot.
They are believed to have suffered non-life-threatening wounds and were taken to a local hospital.
The deputies who fired were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653