A man trying to avoid police was killed during the morning commute Friday after he ran onto southbound Interstate 5 in Fife near Port of Tacoma Road about 6:30 a.m.
After shutting down the freeway, the two right lanes were reopened at about 7:15 a.m., according to a tweet from Washington State Patrol trooper Todd Bartolac.
The other lanes remained closed while the State Patrol investigated the fatality. All lanes of the freeway were reopened by 9:30 a.m., according to Bartolac.
The man ran from Fife police after they contacted him near a motel in the 3100 block of Pacific Avenue East. The officers were called to respond to an unwanted person, according to Assistant Chief Dave Woods.
The man talked to officers at first, but when he learned there might be a warrant for his arrest, he ran away, Woods said.
“As he fled toward the freeway the officers stopped their pursuit and shouted at the man to stop and not go onto the freeway,” Woods said.
He did not listen and was hit, Woods said.
Woods did not have information about the man’s identity, but said police had prior interactions with him.
At least one car was described as severely damaged in the incident.
Shortly after the southbound lanes were closed there were reports of a collision on northbound I-5 in the same area, also slowing traffic.