Crime

Teen accused of shooting at Fife police during pursuit

A 16-year-old boy was arrested late Monday after allegedly leading Fife police on a high-speed chase into Tacoma and shooting at officers in an attempt to get away.

Detectives are trying to identify two other men who were in the car.

The mayhem started about 10:50 p.m. after an officer ran the license plates of a 2015 Jeep parked at the Emerald Queen Casino and realized the plates belonged to a stolen vehicle.

The officer followed the Jeep out of the parking lot and tried to pull it over but the driver sped away and got on southbound Interstate 5.

As the Jeep exited the freeway at East Bay Street, one of the men tossed a rifle — later recovered — out the window, police Capt. Aaron Gardner said.

Police were waiting for the men near South Tacoma Way and M Street, and officers performed a PIT maneuver in an attempt to stop the Jeep. Officers reported multiple shots being fired at them but no one was hit.

By the time the driver lost control of the Jeep on the 2900 block of Center Street, the SUV was on its rims.

Two men, one reportedly armed with a handgun, escaped.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of drive-by shooting, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Gardner said an officer sprained his ankle in a ditch while chasing the men at the end of the chase.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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