Deputy opens fire at threatening driver near North Bend

NORTH BEND, Wash. - A King County sheriff's deputy shot a man who drove a van at her and other deputies Thursday morning near North Bend, officials said.

The suspect, a 35-year-old Snoqualmie man, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The deputy, a seven-year veteran, was uninjured during the incident.

Detective Jason Stanley says it happened about 2 a.m. when deputies spotted a parked van they had briefly pursued Wednesday because the driver was wanted on arrest warrants and not having a driver's license.

As they approached the van, at SE Reinig Road and 428th Avenue SE, the man started driving toward them in an apparent attempt to hit them, so one deputy fired her pistol. The suspect crashed his van about 50 feet away. He was alone in the vehicle.

Stanley says the man is known to deputies from previous contacts. On Wednesday, a deputy tried to arrest the naked suspect from the same van, but he drove off up a mountain road into a heavily wooded area and deputies called off the chase.

Following standard practice, the deputy will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The King County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives are investigating this ongoing case.