Man injured after being shot by police in Kirkland

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 18, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 18 at 7:45 AM

The King County Sheriffs Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting at the Motel 6 in Kirkland.

Police say shortly after 11 p.m. a woman approached two officers on routine patrol in the area.  She was screaming and pointing at a man in the lot.

When officers approached the man they said he jumped in an SUV and began driving erratically. But police said the man veered toward one of the officers who had no choice but to fire one shot through the front windshield.

The suspect, a 25-year-old man, was shot once in the left shoulder. He crashed the SUV a few blocks away. Officers caught him and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was last listed in stable condition.

“A car can definitely be used as a 3,000 pound bullet coming at you," said Lt. Mike Murray with the Kirkland Police Department. “It definitely is a weapon. The officer stepped off a driveway or the driving portion of the parking and when the driver swerved at him. That's when he felt he had no choice but to fire his weapon.”

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is protocol for an officer-involved shooting.

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