UPDATE: Suspect shot after ramming patrol car twice, deputies say
THURSTON COUNTY — A deputy shot a man at least once Saturday after a police pursuit, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials say Nisqually Tribal Police tried to pull over the driver around 3 a.m. Saturday, but he took off at speeds up to 90 mph.
When a Thurston County Deputy went to assist, the suspect did a U-turn in the 1400 block of Reservation Road.
Officials say the deputy pulled into the shoulder as the suspect drove at him. That’s when they say the suspect intentionally rammed the deputy’s car — setting off the airbags in both cars.
Lt. Greg Elwin says the deputy got out to confront the man and the suspect rammed the deputy’s car again. Elwin says the suspect baked up and started driving toward the deputy, and that is when the deputy fired a shot at the suspect — hitting him at least once in the arm.
The suspect was taken to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition. When released, the suspect will be booked into Thurston County Jail for 1st degree assault with a deadly weapon.
The injured deputy was treated and released from an Olympia hospital.