Lakewood police on Wednesday identified two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a suspected car thief who the department says fired at police Dec. 9 in Tacoma.
Officers Jon Waller and Ryan Moody are back at work. They were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard procedure.
The shooting happened after the officers began chasing the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle at Gravelly Lake Drive and Interstate 5. They stopped the car at East Portland Avenue and I-5, at which point the driver began shooting at them, according to police. The officers returned fire, and the driver was hit.
The driver, identified as 35-year-old Michael Crawford of Olympia, died several days later.
Waller and Moody have been with the department since 2006. Waller, 32, has been a police officer for 8½ years; Moody, 34, has been an officer for seven years and four months.
Neither has been involved in any other shootings as a Lakewood police officer, spokesman Chris Lawler said.
Tacoma police are investigating the shooting. Until the review is complete, no other details will be released, according to Lakewood police.