A deputy opened fire on the driver of a stolen car after the driver rammed a patrol car and tried to run over the deputy early Friday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident started just after 4 a.m. when the deputy spotted a stolen 1994 Honda Accord at Sunrise Boulevard East and Meridian Avenue East near Puyallup.
He tried to pull the car over but the driver allegedly turned off his headlights and drove through a residential neighborhood, trying to lose the deputy behind him.
Within 10 minutes, the man rammed the patrol car at 151st Street Ct. E. and 120th Avenue Ct. E and the deputy forced the car to a stop. When the driver put the Honda in reverse and tried to run him down, the deputy fired two shots through the window of the car.
Neither the 26-year-old driver or 19-year-old woman in the passenger seat were seriously injured. Both were arrested.
The driver is a felon with prior convictions for possession of stolen property and motor vehicle theft.
The department said the car was full of “stolen property.”
The shooting comes less than five days after another deputy, Daniel McCartney, exchanged gunfire with two suspected robbers near Frederickson and was killed.
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