Tacoma police shoot at suspected robber after he drove into patrol car

Tacoma police opened fire on a robbery suspect after he drove into a patrol car Sunday, according to the department.

The 34-year-old was not shot but was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with injuries sustained in the crash.

The incident started about 9:15 p.m. after two officers spotted a vehicle in the 400 block of South 84th Street that they believed was wanted in a recent robbery.

Police tried to stop the car, but the driver refused to pull over and prompted a short pursuit.

At one point, the driver stopped his car before driving directly at the officers, striking the patrol car, spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd said.

Both officers fired at the man.

He was able to drive away from the scene but was stopped in the 4800 block of Portland Avenue and taken into custody.

The driver was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and felony eluding after being released from the hospital.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after being involved in a shooting.

One officer is 34 years old and has been with the department for 10 years. The other is 22 years old and has been with the department for one year.

Police said they are unsure whether the man was involved in the robbery that initially prompted the officers to attempt to pull him over.

The investigation is ongoing.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653