Police chase ends in officer-involved shooting in Auburn

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:47am
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An Auburn Police detective shot a gun-wielding man after he crashed a stolen car, fled the scene and threatened others Wednesday afternoon.

Officers arriving at the crash scene observed the suspect running away, pointing a handgun at pedestrians and drivers of vehicles along Auburn Way North. A detective gave chase to the suspect, who presented a handgun toward the detective, police said. The detective fired two rounds and struck the suspect, a preliminary investigation indicated.

The suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, was subsequently taken into custody and transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, police said.

No officers were injured in the shooting, police said.

The individual whose vehicle was struck by the suspect was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

At approximately 2:04 p.m., Auburn detectives attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle traveling northbound on Auburn Way South. Police attempted to stop the vehicle in the 900 block of Auburn Way South, but the vehicle began to accelerate at a high rate of speed northbound.

An on-duty sergeant ordered the pursuit to be terminated, and the vehicle was last seen traveling northbound in the 600 block of Auburn Way North. As officers approached the intersection of Auburn Way North and 8th Street Northeast, they noticed the suspect vehicle had been involved in a collision and was disabled in the northbound curb lane.

The driver then fled the stolen car, and a detective chased him down.

The detective has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. The investigation has been turned over to the Valley Investigations Team.

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