Police shoot, swim during Spanaway stop

There was a chase, gunfire and a swimming pursuit.

And it all unraveled in a matter of minutes along a Spanaway street.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies spotted a 2001 Chevy Silverado speeding on 138th Street about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The deputies learned the truck had been stolen last month from a Spanaway home, and they tried to get the driver to pull over.

Instead, the man sped off and turned onto Fourth Avenue East, a dead end, Troyer said.

The deputies got out of their patrol car and drew their guns. The driver stayed in the truck, spun out in a yard, then drove toward the deputies, Troyer said.

The two deputies opened fire, hitting the truck but not the driver, Troyer said.

The truck veered off the road and crashed into a pond about 4 feet deep. The driver got out and tried to swim away, Troyer said.

A deputy jumped in the water, swam after the man and, after a struggle, took him into custody.

The man, 23, was wanted on a felony escape warrant. Deputies booked him into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, possession of stolen property, attempting to elude police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

The deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure when deputies fire their weapons.

“At this point, it looks like everything they did was within department guidelines,” Troyer said.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268