After several reports of a driver with a gun spotted around Kent and Auburn, police located the white Honda, which crashed while being chased. The driver then exchanged gunfire with police and was wounded, then arrested.
Highway 167 in Kent was closed for more than an hour Saturday as police apprehended a man after an exchange of gunfire at the northbound onramp to 84th Street.
The incident began around 1 p. m. when police received reports of a man in a white Honda pointing what was described as a “machine gun” while driving through Kent, police said. Kent officers were unable to locate the vehicle, but a car matching the same description was located by Auburn police around 3:30 p.m. after a similar report of a threat made by someone with a gun.
Auburn police followed the car, but ended the pursuit when the car went into the city of Kent, according to police.
Kent police received another call about someone in a white Honda pointing a gun at around 4:45 p.m. in the 10200 block of Southeast 240th Street. Officers located the car at the intersection of James Street and Central Avenue, according to police.
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Officers attempted to stop the car and the driver lost control, rolling the car as he was getting onto the 84th Street onramp to Highway 167. Officers surrounded the car, and there was an exchange of gunfire, police said.
Valley SWAT also responded to the scene and the man was taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries from the crash and gunshot wounds to his arm, police said. No officers were injured.
Both directions of Highway 167 were closed between South 277th Street and South 212th Street during the incident. The investigation is being handled for Kent Police by the Valley Investigation Team, police said.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said Sunday. The incident happened Saturday.