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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 with 19 Comments »
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.


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.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    I’m glad the officer is ok….Pac Ave is a bad place to be pumping rounds down the street at a metal target that will deflect rounds. I realize the Officers were pissed, but I wonder if following the car would have been a better idea.

  2. It’s okay, the rounds they use are meant to kill and a little sheet metal won’t stop them. They go through it like it’s butter but what about the ones that missed the car?


    I am sure they are real concerned about getting him medical help. More like anxious to get him in a room with hi cameras and see I’d he is as tough without his ghetto caddie.

  4. Well it’s good to see Mark Fulghum kicking his Advil PM habit. The officers are concerned that the suspect may need medical treatment. Would that be the same medical treatment the SPD administered to Mr. Clemmons?

  5. lessmith50 says:

    I am glad the officer is ok. But i was curious about the comment ” Two officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a take-out pizza restaurant”. I was wondering what the vehicle was doing to look suspicous. Was the car rolling a joint or was the car staggering. Just wondering why the car looked suspicous. I know it was the occupants of the car but the great writer here kind of confused me with the car thing.

  6. Yes, the officer is lucky to be alive. I would consider a suv parked in an empty lot with somebody sitting in the drivers seat at 2:30 am a suspiscious vehicle.

    He will be in jail where he belongs soon enough.

  7. fbergford says:

    Less – It’s called “profiling” cops use it all the time to determine if they want to investigate something. A caddy parked in a business parking lot early in the morning in a “high crime” area with an occupant inside…is enough grounds to go and “investigate”…

  8. psycodug says:

    Isn’t that the guy from the movie “Friday”?

  9. trekontenner says:

    suspicious until proven otherwise in the street court of law enforcement.

  10. ltkeffer says:

    I hope this loser turns himself in before he is shot.

  11. Whatheheck says:

    I am sure the police aren’t going to release specific details about why they thought the occupant of the car was engaged in suspicious behavior. Try hanging out at 84th and Pacific at 3am and figure it out! But once the driver used the car as a weapon, 3500 lb bullet, I think returning fire was the prudent thing to do. I hope the officer is ok as well as the suspect. Word of caution, don’t give the police a reason to shoot you!, it isn’t that difficult!

  12. kilarney says:

    One cop was giving the guy directions, another one was standing behind the car, which was probably routine but not too smart. More than likely, this was all an innocent accident, but even if a cop ACCIDENTALLY gets hit or someone might mistakenly drive in their near direction, it becomes a reason to shoot with deadly force. The cops investigate themselves and, guess what? Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time they will find their shootings justified. The racist comments above are also a reflection of a racist criminal justice system that benefits a small minority, the rich. We all know someone who has been beaten up by cops or harassed because he or she is in an economic situation that causes them to break the law. Economic justice will bring about social justice. How many cops does it take to change a light bulb? None, they will just harass it for being broke!

  13. kilarney says:

    Sontee, the cop is lucky to be alive? Hopefully, the 25 year old is lucky enough to be alive. You have to remember, the cops shot at him, not the other way around. Hopefully there were some cameras in the area that will provide a clear understanding of the events that took place.

  14. kilarney says:

    This comment section is censored in favor of the cops. Let everyone know.

  15. JUSTCURIOUS says:

    Glad officer will be ok. Will pray for him and his family. That had to shake them all up. I hope they know Jesus.

  16. Kilarney–
    The driver hit the police officer and drug him through a parking lot and fled the scene- luckily the officer was able to free himself from the vehicle- YES he is lucky to be alive, he could have been killed. His age has NOTHING to do with it.

    And yes, the police officers shot at the suspect AFTER he hit & drug the officer across the lot– fleeing the scene.

  17. video surveillance of officer being hit and drug by suspect:

  18. your name says:

    what do you know another black person causing the crime..its a given

  19. terrysaasaa says:

    Your name,

    Every President of this country, that has been assasinated, had it committed by a white person. My brother, who is black, had his skull caved in and robbed by a white man.

    Dont inject your racist views into a tragic story. There are good and bad on all sides.

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