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One person dead after being run over in Spanaway fast food drive-through

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said it is investigating the incident as a homicide.

SPANAWAY, Wash. — Pierce County law enforcement is investigating after witnesses say someone ran over another person in a fast-food restaurant's drive-through Saturday evening.

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Jack in the Box at 20505 Mountain Highway East in Spanaway around 6:30 p.m. after receiving calls from several witnesses about a vehicle hitting a pedestrian. Witnesses said the incident seemed intentional as the suspect drove over the victim several times.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the suspect struck the back of the victim's vehicle with their vehicle in the drive-through. The victim reportedly got out of his vehicle to confront the suspect when the suspect ran him over, backed up, and ran over the victim again before fleeing the scene, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Central Pierce Fire responded to the scene and provided aid to the victim, but the 68-year-old victim died at the scene.

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“We have no idea how something so minor could turn into a deadly incident like this. The person who did this had no regard for anyone else's life in this incident,” said Sgt. Darren Moss of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. 

Moss said the charges could be more serious than a hit-and-run. 

"This is intentional homicide ... this person intentionally ran over someone with a vehicle. They used it as a deadly weapon and backed over them again," Moss said.

Pierce County Sheriff's Department detectives, traffic unit, and forensic investigators were called to the scene to investigate.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said it is investigating the incident as a homicide and not as an accident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact them or call 1-800-222-TIPS to leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers. 

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