The driver who was shot by a Washington State Patrol trooper on Sunday, Dec. 16, has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 18, for attempting to elude and second-degree assault. The 50-year-old Federal Way man was discharged from Harborview Medical Center earlier that same day.
On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team responded to the 16300 block of State Route 9 for a possible trooper-involved shooting. The incident had begun earlier that morning, when a blue Ford pickup truck was reportedly being driven recklessly, heading northbound on I-5, and a Washington State Patrol trooper attempted to pull the driver over near the 128th Street exit.
The driver continued driving northbound, at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, and the Washington State Patrol deployed a spike strip near the 88th Street exit in Marysville, which damaged at least one of the vehicle's tires. The driver still did not stop, and continued traveling northbound on I-5, exiting the freeway at Smokey Point onto eastbound State Route 531, and turning onto southbound State Route 9.
The driver turned off of State Route 9 at 164th Street SE, pulling into a gas station parking lot. As troopers approached the vehicle, the driver attempted to assault them with his vehicle. A trooper fired on the driver, injuring him, and the suspect was taken into custody.