Alleged gunman taken into custody after 5-hour standoff

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TACOMA — A 67-year-old man who allegedly had been firing shots at neighbors’ homes in the 5800 block of 13th Street Court Northeast was taken into custody after a five-hour standoff in which police had surrounded his house. No one was injured

The incident began after 3:30 p.m. when the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department began receiving 911 calls of a man walking down the street near Fife Heights and firing a gun at homes.


Suspect taken into custody after hours-long standoff in northeast Tacoma. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Department)

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer later said that by the time deputies had arrived, the alleged gunman had retreated inside his home. Police surrounded the house as he was believed to be armed with multiple firearms. A SWAT team was brought in while sheriff’s deputies tried to persuade the man to surrender, Troyer said.

When that didn’t work, they fired tear gas into the home. Still, it wasn’t until about 8:30 p.m. that the man came out of the house and was taken into custody. Troyer said the man agreed to surrender after he was assured the three dogs in his house would be well-treated.

areaTroyer added that the man — described as having mental health issues — had reportedly fired rounds into houses in the area for no apparent reason.

One man told police that the gunman pointed his weapon at his head. The man said he told the gunman, “Please don’t shoot me.” At which point, the gunman allegedly said, “Then you better run (expletive deleted)”

Troyer said deputies found bullet holes in a car and in the wall of a house in the neighborhood. He allegedly shot at another man and missed him by inches, Troyer said.

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  • Robbyn

    What is is world coming to! Is it safe to be anywhere anymore? In the past 3 days a man has shot his children in the head killing one of them, the other is clinging to life, A family is out walking on a beautiful day and is run over by a Drunk driver, two are dead, and two more are clinging to life, Now some person is walking around a neighborhood shooting at houses randomly? This is just what I have heard? Oh wait I heard another woman and child were hit in Seattle today also! So So sad… So Much violence and all of it is senless…

    • Wayne

      Until society starts making people responsible for their actions from childhood on you are just going to see more and more of this. We have become an "entitlement" society and are being taught that "anything is ok if it makes you feel good and you don't have to work for it". Punishment for bad behavior while growing up has almost been abolished due to court actions and "not wanting to impede their growth". YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

    • Xtrek

      I agree these events are tragic. But you need to look at the overall statistics of the 320 million people in this country. I won't just take these media snapshots and assume this is commonplace. The media can herd us into a frenzy. What's next…give up all of our freedoms because there is a statistically minute chance it it might impact you or your family. This is the how we will end up in a true police state.

  • david

    this is news…the man "reportedly" fired shots…if he is in unicorporated county, couldn't he be just firing shots at bottles in his yard, that is legal in unincorporated areas…Women don't think, women fear. Robyn your first reaction should be "why is a man shooting at bottles news" The violence you are seeing is acceptable considering there are over 7,000,000,000 on the planet, so, if men have a 1 in 3000 chance of gettin crazy…guess how many will acts occur…proportional violence. Less resources, more violence. Quit acting like an ninny and see logical reason.

    • Tracey

      David, I heard from other news outlets that he shot at people's houses and even pointed a gun directly in a woman's face. This is not just shooting at bottles in his yard.

      • David

        Again "I heard" news should be predicated by fact…sensationalism is bullshit…this is not newsworthy. You can turn granny taking a shit into something by "I heard". journalism is dead America needs to grow a pair, ever since they gave women the right to vote it has been a steady descent into fear and madness. All women ever want to do is take rights from people, prohibition , guns, abortion (women are the leading opponents). Look what is going on on the hill, a disarmed populace is an enslaved populace. 70% of all violent crimes are committed by black males should we put every black male born in prison? It would reduce violent crime by 70%. Now this should be news

    • mIm

      And to think, if the jacka$$ would have climbed into an SUV and drove through a couple of buildings you hoplophobics wouldn't have anything to talk about tonight… just another dumb drunk in a 2-ton death machine. But NOW you've got something to target with your fears! OH MY, there are evil people in the world! I can't believe it! BAN EVIL BAN EVIL BAN EVIL! Just like drugs! oh, wait, that hasn't worked very well…hmmm.

  • Carrie

    Mental illness is the problem, the cause, in this instance. The politicians need to stop cutting funding for mental health. People with these serious, often lifetime problems need counseling and medication and sometimes confinement. The resources have been reduced to the point where we are seeing more nad more incidents of this type. People are confined for one month and then let go, little followup, little resouces for medication management. And this is the result. thank God no one was killed today, tomorrow it may be different in your nighborhood. Call your politicians and get funding restored to save the lives of the ill and their victims.

  • jon b

    i live by him, i heard the shots and spoke to the people he shot at there were ONLY 4-5 shots, at 3 people in ONE home, he missed and then went back to his home, he is a vietnam vet and has a brain tumor, it was an iscolated incident of a mentally ill man who is dying, and was drinking.. its sad but no one was hurt, and i doubt he even meant to harm anyone. he is an ex military sniper, if he wanted to kill them he would have..stop exaggerating

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