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Pierce deputies open fire on car after chase where shots were fired at officers

FREDRICKSON, Wash. — People in a car shot at deputies during a police chase in Tacoma that ended in Fredrickson, where deputies opened fire on the vehicle, according to Tacoma police.

At 2:30 a.m. Friday, a state trooper tried to pull over a car near 72nd and McKinley in Tacoma. The driver fled and troopers lost sight of the car and called off the chase, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Pierce County deputies found the car and began a chase. Police said the car was traveling at high speeds and driving in oncoming lanes of traffic.

When the chase reached the area of SR 512 and Steele Street, someone in the car fired multiple shots at deputies, Cool said.  No deputies were hit.

The chase continued until deputies used a PIT maneuver, or pursuit intervention technique, to stop the car at 176th Street East and 63rd Avenue East in Fredrickson. It was then that deputies opened fire on the driver, according to police.

The driver, a 27-year-old woman, was hurt and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A man who was a passenger in the car was not hurt but was detained by police.

Police closed 176th in both directions between Canyon and 78th while officers investigate.

Tacoma police are handling the investigation.

Watch raw video of Tacoma Police Dept. spokeswoman Loretta Cool below.

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