(KENT, Wash.) — Authorities say a police officer in a Seattle suburb who was trying to stop a fleeing driver was apparently struck and killed by another officer.
The Washington State Patrol says preliminary information shows the Kent police officer was attempting to deploy spike strips at an intersection early Sunday when he was hit by a police vehicle.
Kent Police said in a news release that officers were pursuing a red truck seen leaving a parking lot where gunshots were reported just before 2 a.m.
The officer pursuing the suspect was critically injured in the collision. He was taken to a Seattle hospital in critical condition.
The suspect also crashed. One person was taken into custody.
Kent Police did not identify the officer who was killed. They say he made significant contributions during his eight years on the force.