A South King County police officer shot and wounded a man after the man tried to steal a patrol car Thursday night.
King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said a police officer in the city of Pacific tried to stop a man in a stolen pickup at 10:40 p.m., but the man sped away.
After a short pursuit, the man got out of the stolen pickup and took off running; the officer got out of his car to chase him, West said.
“The suspect then doubled back and got into the officer’s car,” West said, adding that there was a brief struggle between the two men before the officer fired several shots.
After the gunfire, the patrol car rolled into a dark red Hummer parked in a driveway across the street. The suspect was still in the car at that time.
The 41-year-old suspect from Quilcene, who has not been identified by police, is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. West said the man is a convicted felon.
The officer, who has been with the department for six years, was not hurt, West said.
The truck had been stolen from Port Townsend on Wednesday, West said.
The King County Investigative Response team, a multi-agency police team created to help investigate major incidents in the county, is handling the case.