A veteran Washington State Patrol trooper fired a shot at a Spanaway man Friday after the man, who was reportedly suicidal and armed, led the trooper on a low-speed chase, then jumped out of his van and made a gesture the trooper found threatening, authorities said.
The shot missed, and the trooper and a U.S. Forest Service ranger tracked the man down and arrested him, State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb said.
The man, 30, likely will be committed to Western State Hospital for a mental health evaluation, Webb said.
The action began sometime after 2 p.m. when the man texted several friends from a parking lot at the Crystal Mountain ski resort, telling them he was suicidal, Webb said. A trooper was dispatched to investigate.
The man left the parking lot at low speed with the trooper in pursuit, turned west on state Route 410 and drove about half a mile before exiting onto a Forest Service road, Webb said. The man asked troopers several times during the chase to shoot him, the spokesman said.
At one point, he jumped out of his van, dropping a rifle as he did so, then turned back toward the trooper and made a gesture of some kind, Webb said. Fearing for his life, the trooper fired a single shot that missed.
Webb said the trooper likely will be placed on administrative leave while the State Patrol and possibly the King County Sheriff’s Office investigate the incident.
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