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Puyallup officers, police dog injured in scuffle with suspected car thief

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm with No Comments »
May 21, 2013 2:17 pm

From the catch-up file:

Three Puyallup police officers and a police dog were injured last week while trying to arrest a suspected car thief.

The incident unfolded the night of May 15 after a car stolen from Seattle was abandoned in a bank parking lot at South Meridian and 14th Street SW.

Witnesses saw a woman flee the vehicle, which had just been involved in a hit-and-run collision in South Hill.

Arriving officers spotted the woman on the balcony of a nearby motel and went to question her. While interviewing the woman, a man jumped out at officers, sprayed one with pepper spray and ran for the stolen car.

Police broke out a car window to prevent the man from leaving. He was hit with a taser gun several times while struggling with officers, who eventually got him under control.

Deputy Chief Dave McDonald said an officer suffered a wrist injury during the scuffle, one was hurt by the pepper spray and a third officer and police dog were cut on broken glass from the car window.

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