A Tukwila police officer opened fire on a car that struck him, hitting one of the occupants, according to spokesman Mike Murphy.
According to a news statement, an officer was on routine patrol at the Westfield Southcenter mall shortly before noon Wednesday when he ran the license plate of a car. The officer lost sight of of the vehicle when it turned into the mall parking area, but later learned that the car had been reported stolen, police said.
The officer radioed a description of the car and the driver to other officers, who converged on the mall. Another officer spotting the stolen vehicle parked in the Cascade parking garage, police said. The driver of the car was gone, police said, but a woman nearby was detained for questioning.
A short time later, a third officer reported seeing a person who matched the description of the man who had been driving the stolen vehicle, police said. He was in another vehicle west of the Nordstrom store, Murphy said.
That officer, who was on foot, ordered the driver of the car to stop, but the driver refused and struck the officer with the car, Murphy said. The officer fired at the vehicle, hitting one of the occupants, he said.
The driver sped away, striking several parked cars before being chased into a dead-end loading dock by police, Murphy said. The driver and a male passenger were taken into custody.
Police said one of the men inside the car had been hit by gunfire, but did not specify which one or say how seriously the man was injured. The officer’s injuries were minor, police said.
Murphy said that while some stores locked their gates temporarily during the incident, the mall remained open.
He said no further information would be released until an investigation by the Valley Investigations Team, a multi-agency team that investigates officer-involved shootings.