Tacoma officer dragged by car, shoots at suspect

Tacoma officer dragged by car, shoots at suspect

Tacoma officer dragged by car, shoots at suspect

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 9:59 AM

Tacoma Police continue to search Tuesday for a suspect who dragged an officer with his car as he fled a traffic stop.

The officer freed himself and fired several shots at the car. But it's unknown whether the suspect was hit.

The suspect got away and has not yet been located.

The officer, who has not been identified, was not seriously injured. He has been placed on administrative leave.

The incident began Monday night in the area of East 82nd Street and East F Street when the officer pulled the suspect over because the driver of the vehicle had a domestic violence warrant, according to Lieutenant David O'Dea with Tacoma Police.

The suspect refused commands given by the officer. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed a large amount of narcotics in the suspect's lap, Lt. O'Dea said.

The suspect then grabbed the officer and drove away from the scene while still holding onto the officer, Lt. O'Dea said.

The officer broke free and fired his gun at the suspect's vehicle, but the suspect was able to get away.

Local hospitals have been asked to alert police in the event a victim with an unexplained gunshot wound seeks medical attention.

The suspect was last seen driving westbound on East 82nd Street.

 


OFFICER WAS ABLE TO FREE HIMSELF AND FIRED SEVERAL ROUNDS INTO THE VEHICLE IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE HIS LIFE
UNKNOWN IF OFFICER STRUCK DRIVER
DRIVER FLED WESTBOUND
OFFICER WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED
EXTENSIVE AREA SEARCH AND SEARCH OF AREAS TIED TO SUSPECT TURNED UP NEGATIVE
POLICE HAVE GOT THE WORD OUT TO LOCAL HOSPITALS IN CASE THE SUSPECT COMES IN
OFFICE WHO FIRED THE SHOTS IS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

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