Stolen car chase turns into officer-involved shooting in Fife

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 7:39 PM

FIFE, Wash. -- A Fife street was closed for several hours Wednesday as police investigated an officer-involved shooting that began as a stolen vehicle chase.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. when a Washington State Patrol trooper on a motorcycle fired shots at a stolen car suspect near 3900 20th Street East.

The chase began in Federal Way when a motorcycle trooper picked up a tracking signal from a vehicle theft security system.

The chase continued into Fife, where troopers said the suspect abandoned the stolen car on 20th Street and jumped into another one.

At that time, witnesses said they saw the suspect purposely drive the vehicle at the motorcycle trooper twice, causing her to ditch the bike and fire shots at the suspect.

The suspect avoided the shots, but drove into the path of other WSP troopers, who used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle, causing it to crash into a tree near Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street.

The suspect had to be tazed to be taken into custody. Authorites said the suspect was injured in the incident, but did not know whether the injuries came from the crash or the shots from the trooper.

No law enforcement members were injured during the incident.

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