A Homeland Security special agent was hospitalized Wednesday night after a fleeing suspect’s vehicle struck him in the leg. After being hit, the agent shot the suspect, who was also hospitalized, according to the Lakewood Police Department.
The Drug Enforcement Administration was leading a narcotics investigation in Lakewood, Pierce County, at about 8 p.m. when task-force officers from several federal agencies pulled over the suspect at 108th Street Southwest and 47th Avenue Southwest. Once the stop was initiated, according to Lakewood police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler, the suspect did not comply with agent commands and tried to flee the scene.
As he did, his car struck the Homeland Security agent in the leg. That agent shot the suspect and hit him. Lawler said the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, but did not know his condition.
The Homeland Security agent, whose name has not been released, was cleared to leave the hospital later that night.
Other agencies involved in the investigation include the Lakewood Police Special Operations Unit, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcements (ICE), and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
DEA spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said of the task force operation that “the situation is fluid in an on-going investigation,” but would release no additional details Wednesday night.
Lawler said the Lakewood Police Department Major Crimes Unit will be investigating the shooting.