Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bonney Lake man shot after ramming police cars in pursuit


KENT – Kent police shot and wounded a man Friday who reportedly rammed several patrol cars during a pursuit, the Police Department reported.

The suspect, a 24-year-old Bonney Lake man, was taken to Harborview Medical Center. A police officer also was hurt, although not seriously.

The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Police had boxed in the suspect near South 252nd Street and Canyon Drive Southeast after he tried to drive away. He tried to crash through the patrol cars and two officers opened fire, police reported.

Police had been looking for the suspect since Aug. 1, when he eluded an officer who tried to stop him for a traffic offense. The officer backed off the pursuit because the suspect's driving was endangering others, police reported.

The suspect later abandoned his car. Police were able to identify him and discover that he was named in an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Renton police are investigating the shooting on behalf of the Kent Police Department.

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