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Officer opens fire when car rams police vehicle in Federal Way. One injured, one arrested

A person driving a stolen vehicle rammed it into a cop car in Federal Way Friday night, causing an officer to open fire, according to police.

The encounter happened at about midnight Friday, when a Federal Way police officer saw a suspicious vehicle parked in a lot at 11th Place South and South 320th Street.

Federal Way police give this account of the incident:

The vehicle’s license plate number came back as stolen. Before the officer could approach the stolen vehicle, the driver of the car saw the officer and accelerated toward him, striking the officer’s police car. The officer fired his weapon once during the encounter.

Several people then ran from the vehicle. When police searched the area, they found a man with a non-life threatening injury to his arm, which appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Police said the vehicle that rammed the police car was the same one that was stolen during an Aug. 16 carjacking at a Redmond park-and-ride.

Following the incident, an 18-year-old man was arrested and booked into the South Correctional Entity jail in Des Moines for first-degree assault. A 16-year-old girl detained at the scene was returned to her family in Seattle. Police aren’t recommending charges against the girl at this time.

The officer was not injured, but has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard protocol following an officer-involved shooting, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said. The Valley Investigation Team, a group of detectives who investigate officer-involved shootings, is handling the case, she said.

Federal Way police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 911, or the department’s non-emergency dispatch line at 253-835-2121.

Tips can also be made anonymously online at www.safecityfw.com.

Melissa Santos: 360-357-0209, @melissasantos1

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