At approximately 11:48 PM, on March 8th, a Lakewood Police Officer observed a reckless vehicle driving at a high rate of speed near Perimeter road in the Woodbrook area of Lakewood. The officer called out that he was trying to catch up to the vehicle and then dispatch had trouble getting back to the officer. An arriving police unit found the officer’s vehicle in a ditch and the officer was partially ejected from the vehicle and unconscious. Medical aid was requested for the officer who slowly began to regain consciousness.
Further investigation revealed that the officer was attempting to catch up to the speeding vehicle when the driver slowed down, as if the occupants were going to bail. The officer also slowed his speed and discovered the vehicle had suddenly turned in the roadway, partially blocking it with the passenger’s side door facing the officer. The officer stated that the passenger pointed a shotgun at the officer’s vehicle as he approached. Trying to avoid being shot, the officer performed an evasive maneuver to get out of the way. The officer lost control of the vehicle and ended up in a ditch. The officer had removed his seatbelt, in anticipation of having to conduct a foot chase and was partially ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction. Multiple police agencies assisted in searching for the vehicle, but it was not located.
Lakewood Detectives are looking for the vehicle and suspects involved in this assault on a police officer. The vehicle is described as a white vehicle with a “throaty” exhaust and tinted windows. The vehicle may have been a “sporty” style small vehicle that was described as being “fast”. The suspect vehicle was possibly occupied by at least two persons, maybe more. The passenger with the shotgun was only described as a black male.
The involved officer was taken to the hospital and is under observation but does not have any significant injuries at this time.
Detectives are actively working the case and the public is urged to call Lakewood Police 253-830-5000 or Crimestoppers of Pierce County 253-591-5959 if they have information on this case. The offenders in this case will be caught and should turn themselves in immediately to the Lakewood Police Department.