Kent Police pursue vehicle, arrest man for assault with a gun

Incident began morning of July 10 at mobile home park

After a vehicle pursuit, Kent Police arrested a 20-year-old Kent man for investigation of first-degree assault after he reportedly threatened a man with a gun.

Officers were dispatched at about 11:32 a.m. Monday, July 10 to a mobile home park in the 24400 block of 64th Avenue South in response to a 911 call of an assault with a gun, according to a Kent Police statement.

A man told police that a man had just pointed a gun at him while making threats, then tucked the gun in his waistband and ran off on foot, according to police. Officers arrived within two minutes and while en route were advised that the suspect had entered a vehicle and left the mobile home park.

An incoming officer located the vehicle westbound on West Meeker Street and attempted a stop, but the driver refused to pull over.

Officers, with their lights and sirens activated, followed the vehicle up the road to the onramp to Interstate 5, where in a safe location, they delivered a pursuit immobilization technique (PIT). The PIT was partially successful and deterred the suspect from entering the freeway, according to police.

The suspect reportedly continued to elude the officers, but his vehicle was partially disabled when at least one of his tires struck a police spike strip. Pursuing officers were able to deliver another PIT after the spike strip deployment, and the suspect vehicle was stopped.

Officers took the man into custody without incident. He admitted to the arresting officer that he had a gun in the truck, according to police. His vehicle was impounded awaiting a search warrant to retrieve the weapon.

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