A Gig Harbor police sergeant doing some shopping for his daughter at Target was dragged by a car and hurt Friday night while apprehending two men who stole items from the store in Gig Harbor.
He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, where he was evaluated for a concussion, neck pain, and bumps and bruises, and then released, Police Chief Kelly Busey said.
The officer was recovering at home Saturday.
Busey declined to release the sergeant’s name, citing “medical issues” he has.
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“We’ll just not name him for now,” the police chief said.
The sergeant, 46, was on duty when he was alerted to a theft in progress at the Target store in the 11400 block of 51st Avenue Northwest, police said Saturday.
Police gave this account of what happened Friday night:
Two brothers, ages 31 and 32, took two television sets and other electronic items from the store after removing the items’ security devices. They wheeled them out in a shopping cart and started to load up their vehicle.
The sergeant found the two men about 10:50 p.m. and detained the driver. When the officer tried to take the other brother into custody, the man jumped into the driver’s seat and accelerated in reverse at high speed.
The sergeant, clinging to the man, was dragged along outside the car, which traveled in a circle for about 100 feet before hitting a parked car.
The officer hit his head on the suspects’ car in the crash, but continued fighting to detain the man until other officers arrived.
Both brothers were taken into custody and booked into the Pierce County Jail onfelony charges including robbery, assault, attempted motor vehicle theft and organized retail theft.
The brothers had threatened store employees during the theft, implying they had a gun and knife, police said.
Busey said he was glad the sergeant wasn’t hurt more seriously.
“He was spun around pretty wildly there for a couple of seconds,” Busey said.