Armed serial robber shot by police after Puyallup chase

KING 5's Jake Whittenberg reports.

PUYALLUP, Wash. - A man who police say is connected to nearly a dozen robberies was shot by an officer after a chase Wednesday morning. The suspect is expected to survive after undergoing CPR at the scene.

The officer responded to the Denny's restaurant near South Hill Mall for reports of an armed robber threatening employees and customers. The officer began chasing a pickup truck that was speeding away.

The driver lost control and crashed into a concrete overpass pillar nearby, police say. That's when the passenger pointed a gun at the driver, prompting the officer to fire a shot, injuring the gunman. The suspect was given CPR until medics could arrive and transport him to the hospital.

Police say the suspect, a 37-year-old convicted felon, is tied to at least ten other robberies in the Pierce County area.

The driver, a 39-year-old who is also a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail,

The officer is now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer fires their gun.

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