Washington police officer shot after trying to stop burglary while off-duty

An off-duty police officer in Puyallup, Washington was shot in the abdomen and suffered “very serious” injuries as he tried to stop a burglary in progress while on a morning jog Sunday, Puyallup Police Chief Scott Engle said.

” “This was an extremely close call. It was a very serious call and we are very lucky that the officer is out of surgery,” Engle stated at the scene. He’s still expected to make it through the road, although he has a long way ahead. “

The officer, who works for the nearby Federal Way Police Department, saw two men trying to pull the front door off a Jennings Equipment store around 7 a.m.

Two men were trying to rip the front door off this lawn equipment store when the off-duty officer had some sort of

The front door of this store was being ripped by two men. An off-duty officer confronted them.
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The men had some sort of “verbal confrontation” with the officer then shot him as they fled the scene.

“He did nothing any officer would not have done, Engle stated. Engle stated that officers are always in uniform and do what is right. “

  • One of the suspects drove a white or silver Chevy pickup truck, while other other suspect drove a black pickup truck. (Puyallup Police Department)

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  • (Puyallup Police Department)

The two suspects are described as Hispanic men wearing all black with their faces covered.

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One of them drove a four-door light-colored Chevy pickup with dark wheels and a tailgate that was either down or missing. One of the suspects drove a black pickup truck.

The Puyallup Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen the suspects or who has surveillance footage from that area to call its tip line at 253-770-3343.

By editor