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September 16, 2014 at 5:39 AM

Duvall officer shot in leg; man arrested after chase

Update 2:03 p.m.:

Duvall police have identified an officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg after confronting a man allegedly confronting a man firing paintballs  as Sgt. Michael DeBock.

DeBock, an 11-year veteran, was treated at Evergreen Health in Kirkland and is now home recovering from his injuries, said Shaun Tozer, spokesman for the City of Duvall.

Original post:

A 47-year-old Woodinville man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police say he shot a Duvall police sergeant in the leg.

The sergeant, an 11-year veteran of the department, was dispatched to the Holy Innocents Church, 26526 N.E. Cherry Valley Road, around 11:50 p.m. on a report of someone firing paintballs toward homes from his car.

When he arrived in the church parking lot, he found the suspect’s car and got out of his patrol cruiser. The other driver backed his car into the patrol cruiser and fired at least a shot from a real gun, striking the sergeant was struck in the left upper thigh, said Janessa Rosick, spokeswoman for the Redmond Police Department.

The sergeant returned fire, failing to hit the man, Rosick said.

The suspect then got in a car and drove off, the injured officer got in his car and followed. The sergeant radioed for help, as soon as the King County Sheriff’s Office and Redmond police joined the chase the wounded sergeant sought medical attention. He was taken to Evergreen Health in Kirkland where he’s in stable condition, Rosick said.

As the chase continued down State Route 203, toward Fall City, speeds reached near 90 miles per hour, authorities said. During the pursuit, the suspect at least one more shot, one bullet shattered the rear window of a sheriff deputy’s cruiser, said Seth Tyler, spokesman for the Bellevue Police Department.

Police threw down spike strips in an attempt to disable the suspect’s car. After hitting the strips,the man’s car stopped in the 5500 block of Preston Fall City Road, said Tyler.

Surrounded by police, the suspect got out and fired a gunshot toward the ground. The man then walked about a quarter-mile to a residential neighborhood and sat down behind some mailboxes, officers followed him.

“We showed a great deal of restraint by holding fire. He had a firearm and he had already shot at an officer,” said Bellevue police spokesman Tyler.

Negotiators with the King County Sheriff’s Office response team were called in. They tried to get him to surrender, but when he wouldn’t, a rubber bullet was fired. The bullet struck the hand that the suspect used to hold his gun. The suspect dropped the firearm and was taken into custody just before 3 a.m., Tyler said.

The suspect was taken to the Sammamish Police Department for questioning. Police said he will be booked into jail.

Bellevue and Redmond police are leading the investigation.





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