Crime

Deputy shoots driver after Tacoma chase, ramming

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot a man early Monday after he allegedly rammed a patrol car at the end of a pursuit from Parkland into Tacoma.

The 21-year-old man was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment of wounds that were not considered life-threatening, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Meanwhile, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when deputies use deadly force. No deputies were injured in the incident.

The trouble started about 3:15 a.m. when deputies stopped a car for aggressive driving near 113th Street South and C Street South in Parkland. The deputies walked up to the car and spoke with the driver.

He initially was cooperative, but then took off and the deputies chased the car into the city, Troyer said. During the chase the deputies determined the driver had a criminal history and no valid driver’s license, Troyer said.

The deputies stopped the car about 3:25 a.m. in the 3800 block of South Yakima Avenue and got out of their patrol car. Just then, Troyer said, the driver “gassed it and rammed the patrol car where one of the deputies had been standing.”

The deputy dived out of the way. His partner, thinking the deputy had been hit, fired at the driver, police reported.

The car kept going, went around the block and stopped on South 39th Street in front of the driver’s home, where he’d reportedly been involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the night, Troyer said.

Other deputies blocked the car and took the driver into custody.

Tacoma police were investigating the shooting because it occurred in the city. Tacoma officers were not involved in the pursuit.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268 stacey.mulick@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/crime

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