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Police: No one injured when Tacoma cop car crashes with vehicle of armed robbery suspects at 12th and Madison

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on March 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
March 24, 2013 11:45 pm

It wasn’t immediately clear Sunday what happened when a Tacoma police car collided with a vehicle driven by two suspects in an armed robbery and residential burglary, but it certainly made Deanna Mroczkowski’s lunch more exciting.

The Tacoma resident was eating at a restaurant in the 4000 block of South 12th Street, when law enforcement vehicles started flying by, she said.

The suspects’ car hit the curb, then a light pole, and spun down the block until it hit another curb, and smoke from the tires made it hard to see the end of the crash, she said.

But a Tacoma police car was clearly damaged in the process, she said.

The suspects were fleeing what appeared to be a residential burglary elsewhere in the county and an armed robbery that happened in the city, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Further details of the alleged crimes were not available Sunday.

The suspects fled in a BMW near South 12th and Madison streets, and a pursuing Tacoma police car hit the driver’s-side door of the empty vehicle, Cool said.

Smoke obscured the suspects’ vehicle from the officer, Cool said.

No one was injured, according to police.

Both suspects were caught and taken into custody, Cool said.

The Tacoma police traffic unit was investigating.

A police investigator looks over a BMW car Sunday afternoon at the scene of a t-bone style crash involving a Tacoma Police Deaprtment officer. LEE GILES III/Staff photographer
A police investigator looks over a BMW car Sunday afternoon at the scene of a t-bone style crash involving a Tacoma Police Department officer. LEE GILES III/Staff photographer
Courtesy photo Roxanne Cook
Courtesy photo Roxanne Cooke
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