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Victim shoots, injures suspect in attempted carjacking, Puyallup police say

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PUYALLUP, Wash. - The suspect in an attempted carjacking wound up in the hospital Friday after the intended victim, the driver of the car, opened fire at him, Puyallup police said.

The drama unfolded at about 7:55 a.m. in the 200 block of Valley Avenue NE in Puyallup, said Police Capt. Ryan Portmann.

He said the 33-year-old suspect approached the car and reportedly assaulted the driver in an apparent attempt to steal the vehicle. The driver, a 24-year-old Puyallup man, then pulled out his gun and fired multiple rounds at the suspect in self-defense, Portmann said.

The suspect was hit at least once in the abdomen.

The wounded suspect then ran to a Chevron station in the 200 block of Valley Avenue NE, and officers responded to the scene.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver who shot the suspect is cooperating with the investigation. Portmann said he will not likely face any charges.

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