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Pierce County sheriff's deputy involved in shooting near Frederickson

All deputies who responded to the scene are OK, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a shooting Thursday morning near Frederickson following the pursuit of a vehicle in connection to several armed robberies, the sheriff's department said.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) said the incident began just before 10:30 a.m. when a deputy saw a vehicle wanted in connection to an armed carjacking and several armed robberies in Frederickson.

The deputy attempted a traffic stop when the suspect’s vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, according to PCSD. The vehicle was slowed by traffic near 160th Street East and Canyon Road East and intentionally ran into other vehicles to clear the way.

A PCSD sergeant advised there was probable cause for vehicular assault and the pursuit continued. According to PCSD, the suspect driver jumped out of the vehicle and onto a motorcycle near 161st Street East and 62nd Avenue East, seconds before shots were fired.

The 19-year-old suspect was transported to the hospital with one gunshot wound. The passenger in the suspect's vehicle was also transported to the hospital for treatment.

A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy received minor injuries in the incident.

PCSD said a firearm was recovered from the scene.

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The Pierce County Force Investigation Team will take over the investigation. The Pierce County Force Investigation Team is a multi-agency team of detectives, forensic investigators and officers who investigate the use of deadly force incidents involving law enforcement officers in Pierce County.

The involved deputy has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with PCSD policies.

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