AUBURN, Wash. – Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon in Auburn.
No officers were injured in the shooting, which happened near 9th St. NE and Auburn Way N., near the Fred Meyer store.
Police say a detective attempted to pull over a stolen Acura earlier, but the driver fled and a short pursuit ensued. During the chase, another officer tried to hit the fleeing car to make it spin out, but that maneuver was unsuccessful.
Due to the busy nature of Auburn Way, officers stopped the chase.
But witnesses said the driver of the stolen Acura ran a red light at 9th St. NE hitting several cars.
"The driver of the car sprinted out of the car, hit and run, then he ran down that way and the cops were trying to stop him and all I heard was gunshots," Carline Penor, who saw the incident told Q13 News.
Police say the suspect, who is a man in his 20s, pulled a gun on the officers. They fired back.
No word on the suspect's injuries, but he was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The Auburn Police Department said the officer who shot the suspect had been with the department for several years and is part of the department's Proactive Detectives Unit that works undercover.
"They're detectives that would target areas with certain crime. If they're having a lot of criminal activity in a certain area maybe they'll work in that area," Commander Mark Caillier explained. "They're detectives that don't have a normal caseload."
No word on the conditions of the people who the suspect hit with the stolen Acura, but their injuries were said to be minor.
We'll update this article when more information becomes available.