Friday's I-5 carjacking suspect was fatally shot at the scene, Thurston Coroner says




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  • 2022-11-20 20:14:37Z
  • By The Olympian
 

The man at the center of a Friday carjacking on southbound I-5 in Lacey that delayed all lanes of traffic for hours was shot and killed at the scene, the Thurston County Coroner said.

Coroner Gary Warnock reached out to The Olympian on Sunday because he was puzzled by Seattle-area reports that the man was taken to an area hospital.

"He died at the scene," he said, adding that the man, thought to be in his 20s or 30s, had no identification on him. The Coroner's Office is continuing to work to identify the man, he said.

After the shooting, the Washington State Patrol announced that one of their troopers was involved in it, which resulted in the investigation being turned over to the Region 3 Critical Investigation Team, led by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

The Olympian has yet to hear from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office about Friday's incident.

About 2 p.m. a semi-trailer was carjacked by the man on southbound I-5. How he accomplished this is still not clear, although he managed to drive the truck a short distance before he crashed it. That was followed by a standoff between law enforcement and the suspect, and at some point, there was a shooting.

All lanes of the freeway were closed for hours during the investigation, according to the state Department of Transportation. Northbound lanes reopened about 5 a.m. Saturday, followed by the southbound lanes at 6 a.m.

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