File photo

File photo

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.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

An AR-15. Courtesy photo
Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

Lawmakers are eyeing a number of bills which could change firearm regulations in the state.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Lawmakers consider prohibiting use of credit score to determine insurance rates

Advocates say credit scoring makes low-income and minority policy holders pay more for coverage.

A crew member works at the Sound Transit light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in Seattle. Sound Transit plans to build a similar facility in either Federal Way or Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
Sound Transit to release draft EIS March 5 for light rail maintenance facility

3 sites under consideration; 2 in Federal Way and 1 in Kent

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

Courtesy photo
Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

The Center at Norpoint, located at 4818 Nassau Ave NE in Tacoma, will soon become a temporary warming shelter. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Federal Way officials expect little impact from incoming NE Tacoma warming shelter

A community center in the neighboring limits of Northeast Tacoma will soon… Continue reading

South King Fire and Rescue's new Maritime Emergency Response Vessel will be similar to this model drawing. Courtesy photo
State provides $750K for new ‘floating fire engine’ for South King Fire

Maritime Emergency Response Vessel is the only resource of its kind between Seattle and Tacoma.

File photo
Husky injured in hit-and-run | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Jan. 13-19

State Rep. Jamila Taylor is sworn in by Superior Court Judge Nicole Phelps with her parents, Dr. Quintard Taylor, left, and Carolyn F. Taylor on Jan. 10. Courtesy photo
State Rep. Jamila Taylor elected chair of Black Members Caucus

The Federal Way resident now leads the largest caucus of Black representatives in Washington state’s history.

Most Read