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Tacoma officer on leave after firing gun at driver who dragged him

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 6:49 am with No Comments »
October 9, 2012 6:49 am

A Tacoma police officer who was dragged by a driver during a traffic stop late Monday has been placed on administrative leave because he fired his gun several times in order to free himself.

The incident occurred about 9:50 p.m. in the 8200 block of East F Street.

The officer, who the Police Department has not yet identified, stopped a vehicle that was associated with a domestic violence warrant. The man behind the wheel allegedly refused to obey commands and appeared to have drugs in his lap.

He grabbed the officer and began to drive away, holding the officer against the vehicle and dragging him.

Fearing for his life, the officer fired several rounds and was dropped to the ground as the man sped away. The officer was not seriously injured.

Police searched the area but have not yet found the man or his vehicle. It’s unclear whether the driver was struck by any of the rounds.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

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