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November 24, 2007
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Stolen car suspect rams police cruiser, Wash. officer shoots

The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. — A police officer in north Spokane opened fire at a man who allegedly rammed his patrol cruiser with a car that had been reported stolen.

Police say three men got out of the car, but the driver threw the car into reverse, striking the officer's patrol car on Tuesday.

The officer, whose name was not immediately released, fired several times, striking the other car.

The driver was taken to a hospital. No information was immediately available about the nature and severity of his injuries.

The officer has been placed on routine paid administrative leave while the Spokane County Sheriff's Department investigates.

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