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Deputy-involved shooting in Pierce County, no major injuries

A 26-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman sustained minor injuries after a deputy-involved shooting Friday morning in Pierce County.

The shooting happened at 151st Street Court East and 120th Avenue Court East.

At 4:03 a.m. A deputy spotted the suspects in a stolen Honda Accord at Sunrise Boulevard East and Meridian East in South Hill and the pair would not pull over, spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The driver turned off the headlights and rammed the deputy’s patrol car, Troyer said.

The deputy made a PIT maneuver – a tactic to force the fleeing car to turn sideways – and fired two shots into the windshield at 4:11 a.m.

The suspects were not hit, and the deputy was not injured. The car was full of stolen property, and the driver is a felon with a criminal history that includes car theft and possession of stolen property, Troyer said.

The deputy involved in stopping the suspect Friday recently returned from routine administrative leave after chasing the suspect in Sunday's fatal shooting of a fellow deputy Daniel McCartney.

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“We’ve got multiple cars damaged, a patrol car that’s damaged,” Troyer said. “The stolen car is damaged. But it could have been a lot worse. We could have had somebody hit. We’re right within a block of an elementary school.”

Friday's shooting comes five days after McCartney was fatally shot during a suspect pursuit. Follow this link to read details about McCartney's case.

Two surviving suspects in that case, Frank Pawul and Brenda Troyer are charged with McCartney’s murder and were ordered held Thursday on $7 million bail.

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