A 36-year-old felon who was fatally shot by a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday after the man allegedly drove over another deputy and prepared to try again has been identified as Ryan Lapointe Rosa.
The names of the deputies have not been released.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer gave this account of the incident:
A Special Investigations team was looking for Rosa because he had a warrant against him for failing to appear at trial and was a suspect in several burglaries.
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They tracked him to a Fife motel in the 5200 block of 20th Street East and pulled into the parking lot to find Rosa and a woman inside a car.
Knowing Rosa had a history of trying to elude police, the deputies used their unmarked car to block Rosa’s car and ordered him to get out, but he refused.
The unidentified woman was taken out of the car and taken into custody.
Rosa then tried to escape by driving the car over a curb and through a grassy area before backing into a deputy’s car.
Deputies pepper-sprayed Rosa, but he drove forward and hit one of the deputies, knocking him to the ground.
When Rosa appeared to be driving toward the deputy again, another member of the Special Investigations unit shot him.
The deputy hit by the car suffered minor injuries. The deputy who shot Rosa was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.
Investigators are trying to determine who owns the Pontiac, which is registered in Snohomish County and doesn’t belong to Rosa or the woman with him.
A warrant was issued for Rosa last year after he failed to show up and face charges of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing a police officer, attempting to elude police, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and third-degree driving with a suspended license.