However, video footage from the scene shows the police vehicle drive through a large crowd of people knocking several of them over, and completely running over one person.
A police officer surrounded by a crowd in the USA state of Washington struck and injured at least one person with his auto as he sought to drive away, authorities said. The dramatic and graphic scene was captured on video.
Video shows a confused scene, as the vehicle ploughs into up to 30 people in downtown Tacoma. The police officer appears to back up, rev up the engine, and then charge into the crowd throwing bodies to the ground.
That prompted him to speed out of the scene for his own safety, Haddow said.
Interim Tacoma Police Chief Mike Ake responded to the incident in a statement.
This is what prompted a Tacoma police vehicle to approach the crowd.
Puyallup Police Captain Dan Pashon told KCPQ-TV that a second person was treated at the hospital and released.
Tacoma police officials told reporters they contacted the Pierce County Force Investigation Team to look into the alleged use of deadly force by the officer.
"He was afraid they would break his glass", Hallow said, according to the Tribune. After the officer made attempts to get the crowd to move, the driver accelerated and drove through the crowd.
Police had been called to the area after cars blocked an intersection and others did burnouts and doughnuts to a crowd of about 100 people, according to Kiro7. "The officer had his lights and sirens activated". The officer "stopped at a point of safety and called for medical aid", according to the department, which did not name the officer.
The KIRO report said that it is believed that at least one person was struck by the vehicle and two people were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
There were no known injuries from the demonstration, police said in a tweet, adding that the protest was cleared around 11 p.m.