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WMW viewer tips lead Tacoma Police to fugitive accused of firing gun inside car, in front of his children

weaver-mathew_lFUGITIVE CAPTURED September 21, 2016 —
Tacoma Police arrested Matthew Weaver on Wednesday, September 21st, thanks to viewer tips called into Crime Stoppers.

Weaver is WMW Capture #811.

 FUGITIVE WANTED IN TACOMA September 19, 2016 — 
Authorities in Washington are looking for 37-year-old Matthew Weaver who they believe repeatedly fired a gun inside a car in front of his children.

The News Tribune reports that the Pierce County man is charged with second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of violating a domestic violence court order and resisting arrest.

According to charging documents, the man assaulted the mother of his children and repeatedly fired the gun while the family drove to go camping on Aug. 18.

“The defendant was assaulting her and shooting the gun next to her head while she was driving, causing the car to swerve all over the road to include off the road,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers. “She said she had never been so scared in her life.”

The children are ages 2, 4 and 9.

Investigators say they have been unable to locate the man because he checked out of a local hospital, on Aug. 31, before they arrived to arrest him.

Mathew C. Weaver is a white male, 37 years old, 5’9”, 145 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the City of Fircrest and the Parkland area.

If you know where he is hiding tonight, call an anonymous tip into:

CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.