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A Lynnwood,Washington man was shot by a State Patrol Trooper after he lead police on a pursuit and rammed a patrol car early Sunday. According to a news release, the Trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding on southbound I-5 in the Hawks Prairie area of Lacey about 3 AM. The trooper contacted the driver and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. While attempting to take the driver into custody, a struggle ensued. The trooper used his taser on the suspect, but the suspect was able to get back in his car and flee the scene. The trooper followed in pursuit of the suspect. The pursuit ended when the trooper attempted a "PIT" maneuver on the suspect's vehicle at 15th and Century Court in Lacey. Using his Chrysler 300 as a weapon, the suspect turned and rammed the driver side door of the trooper's car.

The trooper got out of his patrol car and attempted to contact the driver again. At this point, the actions of the suspect are unknown and are under investigation. The trooper fired rounds from his gun striking the suspect in the arm.

The suspect fled the scene again and drove to a nearby neighborhood, parked his car in the driveway of a resident and ran to the back of the house where he hid in the trees and shrubs.

Lacey Police and Thurston County Sheriff's Deputies searched the area for the suspect. A Lacey Police K-9 unit located the suspect, 29-year-old Rayford E. Varnado Jr. of Lynnwood, who was taken into custody and transported to Capital Medical Center. Varnado was later airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle with a non-life threatening gun wound. The trooper was transported to St. Peter Providence Hospital for precautionary measures, was treated and released. He will be on administrative leave, as standard procedure, during the investigation. The Thurston County Sherriff's office is the primary investigating agency for this incident. Varnado, who was driving on a suspended license, has a felony warrant for a drug charge and a misdemeanor warrant for a DUI charge. He will be booked on those warrants as well as suspicion of Eluding, Assault 1st and possible drug charges, after his release from the hospital.
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