Photo courtesy of South Sound News

Photo courtesy of South Sound News

Man with gun shot by Federal Way police after attempting 3 carjackings

Suspect transported to Harborview Medical Center.

A man was shot by Federal Way Police on Monday afternoon after he attempted three separate carjackings and pointed a gun at officers.

At about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Federal Way officers responded to reports of an attempted carjacking with a gun at the Elephant Car Wash near Pacific Highway South and S. 316th Street, according to Cmdr. Kurt Schwan of Federal Way Police.

The suspect, described by police as a white man in his 30s, fled south on foot after the failed carjacking, Schwan said.

Officers found the suspect near the Comfort Inn in the 31600 block of Pete von Reichbauer Way. The suspect displayed a gun and continued fleeing south toward The Commons mall, Schwan said.

The suspect crossed S. 320th Street and attempted to car-jack a second vehicle in the Panera Bread parking lot as officers pursued him, Schwan said.

After another failed attempt, the suspect fled back across S. 320th Street to attempt a third carjacking. The occupant of the third vehicle exited and fled on foot, later telling police he feared for his life.

The suspect then turned and pointed his gun at officers, Schwan said, and he was then shot by the officers. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Those officers provided life-saving first aid until medics arrived.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center and his condition is unknown. There were no other officers or civilians injured, according to police.

Involved officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, per department protocol and the Valley Independent Investigation Team will conduct the investigation.

S. 320th Street near The Commons mall is closed as officers investigate the incident.

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

Police identify suspects in Des Moines triple fatal shooting, fight

Des Moines Police asking for public’s help to find Joshua Puloka, aka Joshua Everybodytalksabout

Google Images
Racial disparities in bike helmet law forces decision by King County health board

On Oct. 21, the King County Board of Health discussed striking down… Continue reading

The Federal Way Transit Center's east entrance along 23rd Avenue South remains open. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda
West entrance of Federal Way Transit Center parking garage closed

Sound Transit officials say the entrance could remain closed for up to a year as crews work on the Federal Way Link Extension.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to host Drug Take Back Day event in Federal Way

Safely rid of unused or expired prescription drugs at the Federal Way Regional Medical Center Saturday, Oct. 23.

Jersey Mike’s Subs opening Federal Way store Oct. 27

The sub sandwich shop is hosting a grand opening celebration and fundraiser supporting local schools Oct. 27-31.

Well-fed from the Federal Way Farmers Market: Apple pie cake

Sweet treat uses a variety of seasonal apples found at the Saturday market.

Luke Dalrymple. Courtesy photo
Federal Way Mirror Male Athlete of the Week for Oct. 22: Luke Dalrymple

Decatur senior won boys tennis doubles NPSL 4A championship, advancing to district tournament.

Most Read