Police: Woman shot after chasing suspect who stole her car in Fife

A woman was shot Monday morning while trying to chase down a suspect who stole her car in Fife, police said. 

At about 6:40 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Radiance Boulevard East and Celebration Avenue East. 

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When officers arrived, they found a 32-year-old woman with a gunshot wound.  She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police told FOX 13 News that the woman was warming up her car in front of her home and her camera system notified her that someone was in her car. 

She saw the car drive away, then got into another car and chased after the suspect. 

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Police said there was a confrontation between the victim and the suspect, and the suspect shot the victim. 

The suspect fled the scene on foot and the stolen car was recovered.

"It’s our first nature—you want to protect your property. You want to go out and try to stop that from occurring. But at the same time, the risk—and this is an incident that could have very easily turned deadly. Fortunately, it did not," said Dave Woods, Assistant Chief of Fife Police Department.

"In that situation, we request that you be the best witness possible. If this incident were to occur call 911, get us on the line, give us as much information as possible and let us try to stop that vehicle," Woods said. 

 The investigation remains ongoing.

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