A Puyallup Tribal police officer shot and wounded a man who screamed and threatened the officer while he was gasing up his patrol car Thursday night in Fife, Fife police reported.
The man, whose age was not released, was hit in the leg and taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. The injuries were not considered life threatening, police reported.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
The officer had stopped at a gas station in the 3400 block of Pacific Highway in Fife just after 9:20 p.m. Thursday, police reported.
While he was refueling his car, a man walked out of the store and headed towarded the officer. The man screamed at the officer that he was “going to kill him,” police reported.
The officer told the man to stop but he continued. The officer retreated, moving around and telling the man to stop.
“The subject continued towards the officer stating that he was going to kill him,” police reported.
The officer requested backup. He used his Taser on the man but it had no effect, police reported.
When the man again continued toward the officer, the officer fired his gun and hit the man in the leg.
The other officers arrived and detained the man.
The investigation was ongoing.