Police Officer Stabbed In Head and Back Before Cops Shoot, Kill Child Rape Suspect

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A suspect wanted for child rape was fatally shot by Centralia police officers after the man stabbed a police officer in the head and back, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

Authorities said that about 10:15 a.m. Friday, detectives from the Sheriff’s Department were trying to arrest a 32-year-old man for second-degree rape of a child. When they found the suspect on NE Adams Avenue, the suspect reportedly appeared to reach for a weapon.

One of the deputies shot at the suspect, who then fled on foot.

The Chehalis Police Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol responded to assist, including a K9 unit which eventually located the suspect on Alfred Street in Chehalis around 12:15 p.m.

As officers from the Centralia Police Department tried to arrest the suspect, the man stabbed a police officer in the head and back, according to LCSO. Officials say the officer who was stabbed was taken to an area hospital for surgery and is in stable condition.

Other officers on scene shot the suspect. Despite life-saving efforts by officers, the suspect died at the scene. the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department tweeted Friday:

“Deputy Involved Shooting in Chehalis. Both Detectives are okay. When trying to apprehend the suspect, a Centralia Officer was stabbed, and another shooting occurred.

“The suspect is deceased. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both shootings.”


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