Trooper Lucky to be Alive After Suspect Opens Fire During Overnight Pursuit
Redmond, WA: Just after 11 p.m., a Washington State Patrol Trooper attempted to stop a 1994 Ford Explorer southbound Interstate 5 near State Route 2 in Snohomish County for speeding and an obstructed license plate.
The driver failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Speeds reached near 100 mph before Troopers were able to successfully deploy a spike strip in the south Everett area striking one of the front tires of the vehicle.
After the spike strip, the vehicle continued south and exited onto southbound Interstate 405 entering King County. While still being pursued, Troopers attempted a Pursuit Intervention Technique or P.I.T. maneuver in an attempt to disable the vehicle. During that attempted P.I.T., the suspect fired several rounds at the pursuing Troopers with one round coming through the a Trooper's windshield.
Thankfully the Trooper was not injured.
Due to the suspect actively trying to shoot Troopers, the pursuing Troopers backed off and the Washington State Patrol aircraft took over monitoring the suspect.
The suspect finally came to a stop in the 11600 block of Avondale Road in Redmond. While fleeing the vehicle, the suspect open fired again.
The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area where they continued to fire shots and attempted to hide from Troopers and responding Officers.
A large multi-agency manhunt and standoff ensured with multiple S.W.A.T teams being called in.
After several hours, the suspect was taken into custody at around 4:15 a.m. after S.W.A.T teams deployed flash bangs and a K9 to subdue them in the woods.
Statement from Redmond Police
At approximately 11:04pm on Friday February 21st, Troopers with the Washington State Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle for multiple traffic violations on I-5 in Snohomish County. The vehicle failed to stop and fled southbound into King County. Troopers initiated a pursuit which included two attempts at deploying tire deflation devices. Additionally, a Trooper attempted a “pursuit intervention technique” (PIT) at which time the suspect driver fired shots at the WSP vehicle, damaging the windshield. The Trooper was not injured.
The pursuit continued onto I-405 and then east on SR520 into the city of Redmond traveling north on Avondale Road from SR520. After the suspect vehicle came to a stop on Avondale Road near NE 116th street, the suspect exited the car and fled on foot while continuing to fire shots.
Redmond Officers provided support to WSP Troopers as they contained the wooded area into which the suspect ran. Residents in the area were advised via Reverse 911 and social media to shelter in place during this time. At approximately 4:15am on Saturday morning the adult male suspect was taken into custody. No injuries were reported.
WSP Troopers will continue their investigation at the scene into the morning hours and Redmond PD will continue to provide any assistance they require.
PIO James Perry