Crime

Puyallup police open fire after stopped car heads for officers

A Puyallup police officer shot at a Tacoma man who tried to hit him and a fellow officer with his car before crashing the vehicle and fleeing into the woods, where a police dog caught him.

Two officers stopped the 42-year-old man in the Fred Meyer parking lot, 1100 N. Meridian, about 12:15 p.m. for a warrant related to the car he was driving, police said.

When the officers approached the vehicle, the driver backed up toward them, forcing the officers to dive out of the way, police Lt. Dave McDonald said. The car spun around, and one officer opened fire.

The driver was not hit and sped through the parking lot before losing control of the car and crashing. The man fled into a wooded area but was caught by a police dog. He was being treated for dog bites and abrasions.

The man also had a separate warrant out of Pierce County for reckless driving, McDonald said.

Brian Everstine, The News Tribune

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