Tukwila Police officer shoots, injures man at Southcenter Mall parking lot

A Tukwila Police officer shot and injured a man in a car that reportedly tried to run over the officer at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday in the Southcenter Mall west parking lot.

A Tukwila Police officer shot and injured a man in a car that reportedly tried to run over the officer at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday in the Southcenter Mall west parking lot.

The incident started when an officer ran the license plate of a vehicle he saw driving in the opposite direction near the mall, according to a Tukwila Police media release.

In the few seconds the officer waited for the computer to show him the car was reported stolen, the car turned into the mall and he lost sight of it. The officer radioed a description of the car and driver to other officers who converged on the mall. About a minute later, another officer found the car parked in the Cascade parking garage. The driver of the car was not inside the vehicle but a woman near the car was detained for investigation.

Another officer saw a man who matched the description of the driver of the stolen car in another vehicle in the driveway west of Nordstrom. The officer, who was on foot, ordered the driver of the car to stop.

The driver then struck the officer with the car; so the officer fired at the car. The driver sped away striking several parked cars as he fled. Other officers caught up to the fleeing driver and chased the vehicle as it fled out of the south entrance of the mall and directly into the loading dock area of Target, a dead end road. The two men in the car, one of which had been hit by gunfire, were taken into custody.

The officer’s injuries appear minor. Police did not issue an injury report about the injured man in the car or whether it was the driver or passenger who was shot.

The Valley Investigations Team, a multi-agency team that investigates officer-involved shootings, is gathering evidence at the scene.

The mall remained open for business. Some stores close to the incident temporarily locked their gates to protect customers. All of the parties involved are in custody and there is no threat to the public, police said.

Tukwila Police said no further information will be released until the detectives conclude their investigation.

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