Kent Police shoot, injure driver after car chase
August 9, 2010 · 6:17 PM
A Kent Police officer shot and injured a 19-year-old Kent man after a car chase Aug. 6 on the East Hill.
The officer began to chase a vehicle at about 6:35 p.m., according to a media release from the Auburn Police. Auburn detectives are investigating the case to avoid a conflict of interest because the incident involved a Kent Police officer.
The officer used a pursuit intervention technique with the patrol car to stop the fleeing vehicle.
A confrontation between the 19-year-old driver and the officer occurred in the 23100 block of 107th Avenue Southeast. The officer fired his gun at the driver, who was struck at least once. Paramedics transported the driver to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police did not have a condition report about the man.
An 18-year-old Sammamish woman was a passenger in the car but she was not injured.
"We are looking into the matter," said Auburn Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Colglazier when asked in a phone interview Aug. 9 for further details about what led to the shooting.
The officer who shot the driver has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation into the shooting is completed.