Federal Way officer opens fire after stolen car rams cruiser

Photo via Federal Way Police Dept.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- A Federal Way officer opened fire overnight after a car stolen earlier in the week from Redmond rammed his cruiser.

Police made at least two arrests, including a young man, 18, who authorities say likely has a gunshot wound to his arm. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The incident began about midnight Friday, police said, when an officer saw a suspicious, occupied car in a parking lot at 11th Place South and South 320th Street.

A check showed the car was stolen. Police say it had been taken at knife point from a park-and-ride lot in Redmond on Aug. 16.

The driver of the stolen car saw the officer and sped up, hitting the cruiser, police said. The officer fired once.

Several people got out of the car and ran. Police detained a 16-year-old Seattle girl in the car. The girl was later released to her family.

There are no recommended charges for her at this time, though that could change through the course of the investigation, Cathy Schrock with the Federal Way Police Department said.

A search turn up the male with the apparent gunshot wound. The officer was not injured.

The Valley Investigation Team, which comprises detectives from the region who investigate officer-involved shootings, will investigate the incident.

The officer is on paid administrative leave.

Police ask that if you know something about this incident call 911, or non-emergency dispatch at 253-835-2121.

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In the Redmond incident, a man and two women carjacked and robbed a woman at the Redmond Transit Center.

The incident unfolded around 9 p.m. Wednesday when the victim was approached by the man and two women and asked her for money.

When the victim refused, the three suspects asked for a ride to the transit center and she allowed them to get into her SUV.

After they arrived at the transit center, in the 16100 block of Northeast 83rd Street, the male suspect pulled out a knife, told the victim to get out of the vehicle and threatened to stab her. The victim jumped out of the car and did not suffer any injuries.

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