Tacoma police continued Friday to investigate the wounding Thursday of a 19-year-old man by a police officer.
The department released few details about the shooting because investigators hadyet to interview the officer or the wounded man, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
The department identified the officer as Sgt. Darren Kelly, 42, who has been with the agency for 14 years. Kelly remained on paid administrative leave, standard procedure after officers use deadly force.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old man was recovering from his wounds, which are not considered life-threatening, Fulghum said.
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Police were called to a home in the 6300 block of Hale Street about 3:30 p.m. to check on a despondent man. They were told he was a suspect in a shooting last week, Fulghum said.
Three officers went to the house. Two were stationed outside and Kelly went inside. The shooting happened a short time later.
Police have not said whether the teen or anyone else in the house had a weapon.
A warrant had been issued earlier Thursday for the 19-year-old’s arrest after he failed to appear in court in connection with a vehicular assault at Point Defiance Park earlier this year.
Pierce County prosecutors allege the teen was driving in the park Feb. 11 while a 16-year-old boy riding a skateboard held onto an open car window. The car stopped and the boy fell, seriously injuring himself.
Sheriff’s deputies also were searching for the 19-year-old in connection with a shooting that injured a 16-year-old girl July 24 at a fast-food restaurant in the 2100 block of Mildred Street.
The teen was one of three people in the restaurant when a gun was fired. The girl was hurt and the teen and another 19-year-old fled.
Investigators will be talking to the man about the restaurant shooting and the events leading up to it, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday
Thursday’s incident was not the first time Kelly has had trouble during an arrest.
In June 2008, he and another officer shot at a man who had hit the other officer with a car while fleeing. The driver was taken into custody after a pursuit across the city.
In 2007, four people attacked Kelly while he was trying to make an arrest in the South End. Kelly bit off part of a finger of a woman he thought was involved in the attack.
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