A Tulare County sheriff’s deputy opened fire on a driver early Wednesday after a chase in Visalia ended near Tulare, the Sheriff’s Department reported.
The deputy, described by the sheriff’s department as a six-year veteran, was uninjured.
The driver was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for emergency treatment, where he was recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
The names of the driver and the deputy were not released, but Tulare police said the driver is a 34-year-old Tulare man.
The Sheriff’s Department said the deputy saw a reckless driver on Noble Avenue near Chinowth Street, south of Highway 198. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away.
The chase ended about nine minutes later on Cartmill Avenue east of Hillman at the southern edge of Tulare, where the driver tried to flee and rammed his truck into the deputy’s patrol car, Tulare police Sgt. Andy Garcia said.
“He used it as a deadly weapon,” Garcia said.
The deputy opened fire and more than one shot was fired, Garcia said.
The Tulare Police Department is conducting the investigation. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave per standard practice in an officer-involved shooting.