A King County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man early Thursday in Snoqualmie after officials say the man tried to hit the deputy with his van. The deputy was not hurt.
The 35-year-old man, from Snoqualmie, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities said the injury was not life-threatening.
The sheriff’s office said the man is well-known to deputies in the Snoqualmie area. A deputy tried to arrest the man, who was naked, on outstanding warrants, and he took off in the van. Deputies pursued him, but called off the chase as it was headed to a heavily forested area, according to Sgt. Cindi West, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
Early Thursday, two deputies found the van at Southeast Reinig Road and 428th Avenue Southeast. As they approached, they saw the man inside, and according to West, he drove toward one of the deputies, who fired at least one shot at the driver at about 2 a.m. The man crashed the van about 50 feet away.
The deputy, a seven-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave, standard practice after a shooting.