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Federal Way driver fires multiple shots at WSP troopers during pursuit

The 25-year-old driver attempted to elude troopers around 1:20 a.m. Jan. 6

A Federal Way driver shot at Washington State Patrol Troopers several times during a pursuit in the early morning hours of Jan. 6.

At about 1:20 a.m. Jan. 6, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper was traveling eastbound on I-90 from 150th Avenue SE in Bellevue when he ran the plates of a dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe and discovered it was stolen, according to WSP Trooper Rick Johnson.

After additional WSP units were in position, troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver resisted and a pursuit ensued. Troopers attempted a Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT), causing the vehicle to spin into the median of I-90.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from Federal Way, was able to drive out of the median and continue driving westbound on I-90. As the pursuit continued, the driver fired a handgun in the direction of the lead WSP vehicle, Johnson said.

The driver exited to Lakemont Boulevard SE and drove into a ditch before continuing along the roadway and firing additional shots at troopers. A second PIT maneuver was used to disable the vehicle, and the driver fired additional shots.

Both the driver and the passenger exited the vehicle. No handgun was displayed, but the driver was uncooperative and troopers fired three non-lethal bean bag rounds at the suspect. The passenger was taken into custody without incident, and later released.

Investigation revealed one WSP vehicle was struck twice, with one shot to the lower push bar of the vehicle and another to the upper right hand corner of the front windshield, Johnson said.

The 25-year-old driver was booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony eluding, first-degree assault, felony possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a stolen license plate, Johnson said.

Additional charges may also arise. The Mirror does not name suspects until they have been charged in court.

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