Man in critical condition after being shot by officers in Port Angeles

Police were involved in a shootout Saturday morning in Port Angeles. The man shot by police, identified as 36-year-old James Sweet, has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Officials with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said no officers were injured by gunfire. A traffic stop was attempted and Sweet did not yield to officers, speeding off instead, according to the sheriff’s office.

After fleeing the traffic stop, Sweet was involved in a collision at U.S. 101 and Monroe Street. Sheriff’s officials said Sweet then pulled out a gun and opened fire on an officer.

The officer, identified as Whitney Fairbanks, was able to get out of her car and return fire. Officer Dallas Maynard and Corp. Kori Malone of the Port Angeles Police Department and sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Minks arrived at the intersection and also fired return shots.

Fairbanks and a fellow officer were treated for non-gunshot-related superficial wounds and released from Olympic Medical Center on Saturday.
The other officers involved in the shooting and the driver of the vehicle that Sweet crashed into were not injured.

Sweet is expected to survive and is under arrest for investigation of attempted murder of a police officer.


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