Seattle police fatally shot a 36-year-old man Tuesday night after he led state troopers on a chase on Interstate 5 in a stolen pickup before bailing out of the vehicle and pulling a gun on an officer, authorities said. Watch video here.
The handgun the man pointed at the officer turned out to be a pellet gun, police told the Seattle Times.
The pursuit began around 10:30 p.m. near milepost 140 in Federal Way, close to the King-Pierce county line, when a trooper began following a vehicle traveling north at 80 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to a Washington State Patrol incident memo released Wednesday.
Several other troopers and a State Patrol aircraft assisted in what turned out to be a 20-mile pursuit, the memo says. A second trooper took over the pursuit as the vehicle reached Interstate 405.
The State Patrol said the pickup averaged speeds of 100 mph and made erratic lane changes before leaving the freeway at the Swift Avenue South/South Albro Place exit.