An officer-involved shooting led to an hourslong manhunt in South Tacoma early Friday morning, but the subject of the search eluded police.

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An officer-involved shooting led to an hourslong manhunt in South Tacoma early Friday morning, but the subject of the search eluded police.

The incident began late Thursday night, Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said, when two officers were searching for 32-year-old Kenneth E. Wright Jr., who had outstanding warrants for first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.

They found the suspect’s vehicle parked on the side of a road and approached the car, but a woman driving it accelerated and tried to hit the officers, Cool said.

One of the officers fired and hit the female driver, stopping the car. Police said Wright, armed with a rifle, exited the car and took off on foot.

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The woman, who was in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene as paramedics arrived.

Tacoma police surrounded several blocks in the 3300 block of South Sawyer Street in the area of Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

A SWAT team searched for Wright until just before 6 a.m., but did not find him. He is described as 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, Cool said.

The Tacoma police officer who fired on and killed the woman is 30 years old and has been on the force for two years. He will be on paid administrative leave pending investigation of the shooting.

This is Tacoma’s first officer-involved shooting this year.