Suspect shot after running over cops with car

Suspect shot after running over cops with car
The suspect is taken from an airlift helicopter at Harborview Medical Center.
SUQUAMISH, Wash. - Two tribal police officers opened fire on a fleeing suspect after he hit them with his car in a wild confrontation Saturday night in the small Kitsap County town of Suquamish.

The suspect, wounded by the officers' gunfire, was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The injured officers were treated at a local hospital.

The incident began at about 9:30 p.m. when three Suquamish tribal officers responded to a report of a disturbance and gunshots fired on Newton Street in Suquamish.

Arriving at the home, the officers were confronted by a 34-year-old career criminal with a warrant out for his arrest, said Suquamish Police Chief Mike Lasnier.

The offender then ran towards his vehicle, ignoring officers' commands to stop or show his hands. He jumped in his car, started it and rapidly accelerated toward the officers.

One officer was struck by the bumper of the vehicle. The other officer's foot was run over, Lasnier said.

Both officers fired their weapons at the suspect, wounding him. A female passenger in the car also received minor wounds from shattered glass and flying projectiles.

After he was hit, the offender drive to a nearby residence to get help from friends, then got into a different vehicle to seek medical aid.

The suspect and his passenger soon realized they needed immediate medical assistance, so they drove to the Suquamish Police Department.

Medics treated the suspect at the scene, and he was airlifted to Harborview for treatment of gunshot wounds. His passenger was transported to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton.

Police said the offender has an extensive criminal record, with nine prior felony convictions for violent crimes, burglary, drug dealing and possession of drugs, as well as assault and intimidating witnesses.

When he confronted the officers, there was a warrant out for his arrest for escape from community custody on drug charges.

Both officers struck by the offender's car were injured, and were rushed to Harrison Hospital for treatment.

After recovering from their injuries, the officers will be on administrative duties, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. Both officers are veterans of the department with more than seven years of service each.

The incident is being investigated by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.