Pierce Co. Council candidate says he shot suspect in stolen car rushing towards him


FILE – A police patrol car is in a neighborhood.

Pierce County Council candidate Josh Harris told FOX 13 he was involved in the shooting of a suspect who allegedly threatened him when he went to retrieve stolen property.

Tacoma police say officers responded to the Boy Scout office parking lot on S. 19th St. just before 5 p.m. on May 30 to take a report of a threat.

A man had called 911 to report that he had found his property stolen near a homeless encampment in a wooded area. The man was threatened by a resident of the camp as he went to recover his stolen property, according to the police.

As officers were checking out the encampment after the roll call, a vehicle passed them in a stolen vehicle at high speed toward the scout office. Officers then heard gunshots.

When officers returned to the parking lot, they learned that the man who had called had shot the car. He said the vehicle was heading towards him and he feared for his life, so he fired.

Harris identified himself as the FOX 13 shooter. Tacoma police and the district attorney’s office have not confirmed his identity.

The 40-year-old suspect was found at the camp with non-life-threatening injuries. He was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment. The suspect will be jailed for first degree assault and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The shooter has a valid concealed gun license and police have confirmed the firearm is registered to him. The firearm was taken and placed on the property as evidence.

Harris made headlines in 2021 for bailing out three Tacoma police officers charged with the murder of Manuel “Manny” Ellis.

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