A Washington State Patrol trooper shot a 34-year-old driver in Federal Way Wednesday during an attempted traffic stop, according to the King County Independent Force Investigation Team.

Meeghan Black, a spokesperson for the Force Investigation Team, said the trooper was attempting to pull over a driver for a traffic stop when “there was an altercation, and the driver allegedly crashed into at least one other vehicle.”

The trooper shot the 34-year-old male driver during the altercation, she said in an emailed statement about the shooting.

The driver was immediately given medical aid and transported to Harborview Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries, Black said in the statement.

The trooper was not injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with Washington State Patrol policy, she said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. in the 34800 block of Enchanted Parkway South, police said.


The King County Independent Force Investigation Team includes investigators from 13 King County police departments.

Because this shooting involved state troopers, State Patrol personnel will be excluded from this investigation, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Some Federal Way officers initially responded to the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said, so personnel from the Federal Way police will be excluded as well.

A previous version of this story misstated the block this shooting occurred, as it was incorrect in an initial news release. The shooting occurred in the 34800 block of Enchanted Parkway South.