A Pierce County deputy shot and wounded two people early Friday following a high-speed chase that began in Thurston County and ended near Roy, authorities said.
A 30-year-old woman and 28-year-old man were transported to hospitals with what Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer described as survivable wounds.
The deputy, who’s been with the department for 15 years, wasn’t injured, Troyer said.
Lt. Rusty Wilder with the Sheriff’s Department told KING-5 that the chase began in Thurston County after law enforcement there tried to stop the car for reckless driving around 12:45 a.m.
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Then Pierce County authorities were alerted by their counterparts in Thurston County that a Honda car that had been involved in “criminal activity” was entering Pierce County, Troyer said.
A Pierce County deputy spotted the car and picked up the chase, which wandered through Lakewood and into Roy. About a half mile outside Roy on state Route 507, the deputy used his patrol car to bump the fleeing Honda from behind, sending it out of control, Troyer said.
The maneuver was successful, Troyer said, but when the deputy approached the car, the male passenger brandished a handgun, and the female driver threw the car into gear and tried to run him over.
The deputy opened fire, hitting both people in the car, Troyer said.
KIRO-7 aired video that also showed two bullet holes in the back of the Honda.
The woman continued driving and made it into Roy before stopping about 1:15 a.m. She and her passenger, who has a criminal history and was wanted on an arrest warrant, were taken into custody, loaded into ambulances and taken to hospitals, Troyer said. He said deputies recovered a handgun at the scene.
The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on paid leave, which is standard procedure following such an incident.