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UPDATED: Sheriff’s deputy involved in shooting in Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 3, 2010 at 5:45 am |
May 3, 2010 10:41 am

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man early today after a pursuit from Parkland into Tacoma.

Tacoma police and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the scene of the shooting at South 38th Street and Yakima Avenue.

The 21-year-old man was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment, Tacoma police spokesman Ken Viehmann said. His injuries were not considered life threatening. No deputy was injured.

The incident began with a traffic stop in Parkland about 3:15 a.m. in the area of 113th and C streets. Deputies pulled over the car for aggressive driving, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The deputies walked up to the car and identified the driver.

“He was cooperative,” Troyer said.

Then, the driver took off. The deputies pursued the vehicle into the city and learned the driver had a criminal history and didn’t have a valid driver’s license, Troyer said.

The deputies got the driver stopped in the 3800 block of South Yakima Avenue. The deputies got out of their vehicle.

“(The driver) gassed it and rammed the patrol car where one of the deputies had been standing,” Troyer said.

One deputy fired at the driver about 3:25 a.m., police reported.

The driver kept driving and went around the block. Other responding deputies blocked in the driver on South 39th Street and he was taken into custody, police reported.

The driver was stopped in front of his home. Troyer said the man had been involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the night.

“We don’t know what he was going back to do,” Troyer said.

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

The deputy who fired his gun was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when deputies use deadly force.

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