Shotgun Pointed At Cruiser Causes Lakewood Officer To Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shotgun Pointed At Cruiser Causes Lakewood Officer To Crash

KIROTV.COM - A Lakewood police officer was injured in a crash when a shotgun was aimed at the officer from the passenger side window of a car, police said.

Lakewood police said that at 11:48 p.m. on Tuesday, an officer saw a car driving recklessly at a high rate of speed near Perimeter road in the Woodbrook area of Lakewood.

The officer attempted to catch up to the car when the vehicle slowed and partially blocked the road with the passenger side door facing the officer, police said.

The officer said that as he approached the car in his cruiser, the passenger pointed a shotgun at the officer.

To avoid being shot, the officer swerved to get out of the way, lost control and ended up in a ditch against some trees, authorities said.

Police said the officer had removed his seat belt in anticipation of having to run after the occupants of the car and was partially ejected from his patrol car.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Rick Price reported the officer was briefly unconscious, but regained consciousness and was talking after other officers arrived. The vehicle fled the scene. Multiple police agencies helped search for the vehicle but it was not found. Medics took the officer to Tacoma General Hospital.

Police said he did not suffer any significant injuries.Lakewood police said officers are looking for the vehicle and suspects involved in what they consider to be an assault on an officer. The vehicle is described as a white car with a "throaty" exhaust and tinted windows.

The vehicle may have been a "sporty- style" small car that was described as being "fast," Lakewood police said.Police believe at least two people were in the car.

The passenger with the shotgun was described only as a black man.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Lakewood police at 253-830-5000 or Crime Stoppers of Pierce County at 253-591-5959.

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