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Tacoma police open fire as suspect drives car at officers, rams cop car

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TACOMA, Wash. - Police opened fire at a suspect who drove at them and rammed a patrol car Sunday night in Tacoma. The suspect wasn't hit by the gunfire and was later captured and arrested.

Shelbie Boyd of the Tacoma police says the incident unfolded at about 9:15 p.m. in the 400 block of South 84th Street when two officers spotted a vehicle believed to have been involved in a recent robbery.

The officers attempted to pull over the vehicle but it continued on, and a short pursuit ensued.

When the suspect's vehicle came to a stop, the officers attempted a high-risk manuever to prevent him from fleeing. The suspect then drove his vehicle at the officers, hitting a patrol car, Boyd said.

At that point, the officers fired at the suspect's vehicle.

The suspect continued driving away and was eventually stopped by police in the 4800 block of Portland Avenue.

The suspect was not hit by the gunfire but did sustain non-life-threatening injuries from the crash. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment, then later was booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault and felony eluding.

The two officers - a 34-year-old man with 10 years service on the police force and a 22-year-old man with one year on the force - were placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with standard procedure as the investigation proceeds, Boyd said.

Neither of the officers was injured.

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