Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

UPDATED: Search under way for driver who hit, injured Tacoma police officer

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 31, 2011 at 5:55 am |
May 31, 2011 1:04 pm
Michael Wilson

UPDATE: Tacoma police have released the name and photograph of a man believed to have been injured this morning in a confrontation with two officers on Pacific Avenue.

Right now, officers are concerned about getting Michael J. Wilson, 25, treatment, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

“We believe he may be injured and in need of medical attention,” he said. “Once his medical needs are tended to we will address the legal situation.”

Two officers fired at Wilson after one of the officers was hit and dragged by a white Cadillac that investigators suspect Wilson was driving. Investigators don’t know if Wilson was hit by gunfire or broken glass.

Wilson has described as 5 feet 9 and 200 pounds. He had brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone who spots Wilson is asked to call 911.

ORIGINAL POST:

Tacoma police are searching for a man who hit and dragged a patrol officer with a car early today on Pacific Avenue. The officer and his partner fired at the suspect’s vehicle as it fled, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The officer suffered bumps and bruises and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The officer was expected to be OK, Fulghum said.

The investigation into the assault and officer-involved shooting has shut down Pacific Avenue in both directions from 80th to 84th streets. It’s not known how long the road will be blocked.

The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. Two officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a take-out pizza restaurant in the 8200 block of Pacific Avenue.

One officer was out of the patrol car and giving directions to the driver when the driver backed over the officer, Fulghum said.

The car dragged the officer through the lot. The officer got free. He and his partner fired at the vehicle as it went northbound on Pacific Avenue.

Officers found the white Cadillac a short time later in the 200 block of South 82nd Street, Fulghum said. It had crashed into a fence. The driver was gone, Fulghum said.

There appeared to be a little blood in the vehicle, leading investigators to believe the driver might have been hit by the officers’ gunfire, Fulghum said.

A police dog tried to find the driver but was unsuccessful. A description of the suspect has not yet been release

The two officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.