SEATTLE (AP) — A 17-year-old boy shot and wounded by a King County sheriff’s deputy has been charged in juvenile court with second-degree assault, stolen vehicle possession and trying to elude police.
The suspect who was shot by a deputy after ramming another deputy’s car in SeaTac was released Monday from Harborview Medical Center, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The office added that the teen was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of first-degree assault, attempting to elude a police vehicle, and two counts of first-degree malicious mischief.
The Associated Press said he was later charged in juvenile court.
The sheriff's office said the suspect fled police in a stolen car and was shot last Thursday (May 28) by one deputy after he refused to get out of the vehicle, put it in reverse and rammed a patrol car, trapping another deputy standing behind it.
The 17-year-old was shot in the head, sheriff's Sgt. Stan Seo said.
No deputies were injured.
The sheriff's office said the incident started at 8:20 p.m. on May 28 and began as a stolen vehicle recovery after a stolen car was spotted at South 208th Street and International Boulevard, Seo said.
A deputy found a stolen vehicle with a man in it, Seo said. The deputy waited until his partner arrived and they ordered the man to get out of the vehicle, but the suspect drove off instead.
Following a short pursuit, the suspect pulled into a dead-end street. The deputies again ordered the 17-year-old to get out of the car, but he refused, Seo said.
At that point, the driver put the car into reverse and rammed the front of a deputy's car, where a deputy was standing. Fearing his partner was in danger, the other deputy fired two shots, hitting the suspect once, the deputy said.
Seo says the second deputy fired "because he feared for his partner's life."
The deputy has been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.