Chase That Started In Burien Ends In Trooper Almost Being Run Down, Shooting
A Washington State Patrol motorcycle officer fired shots Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 2nd) at a driver of a car stolen near Burien who allegedly tried to run her down as he fled from other officers.
Police say that the veteran trooper is uninjured, and multiple agencies are investigating both the shooting and the auto theft which preceded the incident.
Initial indications are that the trooper became involved in the pursuit, which began in Burien shortly after 2pm. The pursuit moved on to SR-518, then to I-5 southbound towards Fife, where the subject abandoned the original vehicle and jumped in another which was nearby.
At that point multiple witnesses report the suspect drove at the WSP trooper two separate times. After the first attempt, the trooper abandoned her bike and was on foot. The subject came at her a second time, at which point she fired shots to end the attack. The subject veered away and was eventually stopped by other troopers using a Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT). The driver continued to fight and had to be tasered in order to be taken into custody.
The suspect was slightly injured, but it is not currently clear whether those injuries were caused by the trooper’s shots or when the car hit a tree following the PIT maneuver.
The Washington State Patrol, Fife Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office are conducting concurrent investigations of the incident.