A Washington State Patrol trooper shot at a man in a Fife parking lot Wednesday after the man allegedly tried to run her down following the theft of two cars and a pursuit that spanned two counties.
The man was arrested after crashing into a tree and being shot twice with a Taser. The bullets fired by the motorcycle trooper went through the windshield of the suspect’s vehicle but did not hit him.
A police chase started about 2:30 p.m. when a car-theft device signaled that a BMW stolen earlier in the day was in Federal Way.
A King County sheriff’s patrol car pursued the stolen car at high speed down Interstate 5. At one point, the BMW pulled off the freeway before returning and heading for Fife.
The chase led to the Costco business center at 20th Street in Fife, where the driver ditched the BMW and then stole a red Honda Civic in the parking lot, trooper Johnny Alexander said.
The Honda headed west on 20th Street East, and the driver was confronted by a State Patrol motorcycle officer.
“The suspect ran the vehicle right toward our motorcycle trooper, and she dumped the bike,” State Patrol Sgt. J.J. Gundermann said. “The suspect stopped, backed up and then tried to run her over, at which time she engaged her sidearm and shot two times.”
The trooper was unhurt and continued the chase.
Another trooper caught up with the Honda and was able to force it into a spin. The car left the road and hit a tree.
Gundermann said the suspect was “noncompliant and combative” after his vehicle crashed.
Marty Sharp, a salesman from Phoenix, saw the crash. He said troopers Tased the driver “a couple of times” once he was out of the car.
The driver was taken away in an ambulance.
Investigators said Wednesday they were unsure where the BMW was stolen from in Fife. An employee of a car dealership across the street from Costco said a man walked into the dealership’s car wash and drove off while the car’s owner was waiting for her BMW to be cleaned.
The incident snarled traffic in the area for about six hours.