UPDATED at 1:26 p.m.
Two Pierce County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man early today after the man allegedly rammed the deputies’ patrol car twice in a stolen truck.
John M. Hull, 31, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Meanwhile, the two deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. Neither deputy was injured.
Hull had lived most recently in the Pierce County area. He was on active supervision by the state Department of Corrections and had recently been released from prison after serving a 44-month sentence for intimidating a witness and taking a motor vehicle without permission, the Sheriff’s Department reported.
Troyer gave the following account of the shooting:
The deputies were working together in a patrol car when they spotted a pickup truck doing doughnuts and smoking its tires about 1:15 a.m. near 168th Street and B Street East.
The deputies got behind the truck and ran its license plate number. They discovered the truck had been reported stolen about 4 p.m. Wednesday in University Place.
When the deputies tried to stop the truck, the truck drove about 10 blocks down B Street, turned around and drove back to 168th. The driver eventually turned onto 167th, drove through a yard, hit a parked vehicle and hit the patrol car head on near 167th Street and B Street East. The patrol car was on the shoulder of the road at the time.
“He had plenty of room to go around the patrol car,” Troyer said. “It appears the guy intentionally drove through the yard and went head on with them.”
The truck backed up and hit the patrol car again on the front left side. As the truck tried to ram the patrol car a third time, the deputies got out of their vehicle and both fired their guns.
The truck went about 10 yards and hit a pole. Deputies pulled Hull from the truck and started CPR.
The truck came to rest against a power pole. Power crews responded to the scene to shut down the transformer so deputies could work on the truck.
Representatives from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene, which is standard procedure in deadly officer-involved shootings.
Troyer said investigators were looking into why Hull might have been driving erratically and whether he was involved in stealing the truck.
“We don’t know what was going on with him,” Troyer said. “We will have to wait and see if drugs and alcohol were involved.”
B Street was shut down from 168th to 167th. Six homes were without power.