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Pierce County deputy shoots, seriously injures man, 19

May 13, 2022 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Pierce County deputy shot and wounded a 19-year-old man Thursday who was driving a vehicle wanted in an armed carjacking and robberies, authorities said.

The man was shot near Frederickson after he fled from a traffic stop, The News Tribune reported.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reported the shooting on Twitter about 10:50 a.m., saying all deputies were OK. The department said the Pierce County Force Investigation Team would investigate.

The shooting happened at about 10:37 a.m., according to a Pierce County Force Investigation Team statement. About 15 minutes earlier, a deputy spotted the vehicle and the force team statement said the person inside the vehicle was considered armed and dangerous.

A traffic stop was initiated but the driver fled, according to the statement. Traffic slowed the driver but investigators said the driver rammed vehicles to continue driving.

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Investigators said the driver then exited the vehicle and got on a motorcycle. Seconds later, a sheriff’s sergeant radioed that shots were fired. The man was shot once and hospitalized with serious injuries, the statement said. It’s unclear what specifically led up to the shooting.

A firearm was recovered at the scene. It’s unclear to whom it belonged.

The deputy, whose name hasn’t been released, was placed on paid administrative leave.