A Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a convicted felon outside a Motel 6 in Fife after the man hit another deputy with his car as he tried to flee the scene
The incident occurred at the Motel 6 at 5201 20th St. E. when the department’s Special Investigations Unit tried to apprehend a suspect in the parking lot.
The man, identified as Ryan Lapoint Rosa, was a convicted criminal with multiple felons on his record and outstanding warrants on pending charges. Investigators saw Rosa inside a vehicle in the parking lot when they arrived. They ordered him out of the car and used their unmarked police vehicle to block his escape. Rosa reportedly refused to get out of the car but allowed his female passenger to leave. Rosa then drove onto a grass strip edging the parking lot in an effort to flee the scene, hitting one of the law enforcement vehicles in the process. Officers then tried to stop him by spraying pepper spray into the car as Rosa drove forward, hitting one deputy in the process. Rosa then appeared to be trying to then back over the downed officer, so a unit member shot him.
The woman was taken into custody. The deputy who Rosa hit with his car received minor injuries. The deputy who shot Rosa was put on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation, which is standard procedure following a shooting.
The shooting came just a day after a man died from injuries following a multi-car collision on 70th Avenue. The Puyallup man was reportedly stopped at an intersection when he was rear ended by another driver. The impact sent his car into the back end of a car in front of him. That car then hit a truck, for a total of four vehicles damaged in the pile up. No other people were seriously injured, although one of the drivers suffered minor injuries that required hospitalization.
The scene along 70th Avenue from 26th Street East to Valley Avenue East was closed for most of the day.
Prosecutors are now determining whether to charge the man who caused the crash. He was briefly taken to the hospital but returned to the scene of the crash to take with investigators.