THURSTON COUNTY -- A Thurston County Sheriff's deputy was injured after a pursuit in the Nisqually Reservation. The suspect was injured when deputies opened fire.
The Sheriff’s Office said at about 3 am, Nisqually Tribal Police officers attempted to stop a recklessly driven vehicle on Reservation Rd SE. Instead of stopping, the suspect sped away at speeds reaching 90 mph.
The pursuit led northbound on Reservation Rd SE. The TCSO deputy was responding to the area to assist, also traveling northbound. As the suspect neared Old Pacific Hwy SE, he suddenly turned around and began to accelerate southbound.
The deputy pulled to the right shoulder as the suspect vehicle drove right at him in the wrong lane. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect intentionally rammed the deputy’s patrol vehicle, activating the airbags in both vehicles and spinning both cars around in the road.
The deputy got out of his vehicle, and as he attempted to confront the suspect, his patrol car was again rammed. The deputy moved to the other side of his vehicle, and as he did, the suspect backed up and again began to drive toward the deputy. The deputy fired his weapon at the driver, striking the suspect once in the arm and stopping his advance.
The deputy was treated for minor injuries. The suspect is in stable condition in the hospital and when released will be booked for investigation of assault in the first degree with a deadly weapon.