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Mysterious shooting death of Tacoma Man

David Watson, 45, was shot in his pickup truck at the gas station in Tacoma. The victim drove away but his truck went into a nearby park and rolled up onto a hillside at 54th Street and South Lawrence Street. He was found in his truck and taken to  Tacoma General Hospital, where he later died.

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stimpsonJames Stimson Jr., 16, has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Tacoma man. Stimson and an accomplice have been charged with first-degree murder.

Stimson had been wanted by police — he was finally captured early Sunday morning after being featured on Washington’s Most Wanted Friday evening.

On Nov. 18, shortly after 3 a.m., police responded to the 5400 block of South Lawrence. When they arrived on the scene, they found a man in a truck who appeared to be drunk and unconscious. In the cab of the truck with the man was an agitated pit bull that police had to secure before attending to the man.

Paramedics determined that the man had been shot in the chest and he later died from his injuries. The victim was identified as 45-year-old David Watson.

In their investigation, detectives learned that Watson lived near where he was found and that he had been drinking with a friend. Watson’s dog went missing, and he got in his truck to find the dog.

Watson then pulled into a business parking lot and it was there that video captured what appeared to be Stimson shooting Watson in the cab of his truck. Police released descriptions of Stimson and Marcus Langford and later that day, one of Stimson’s relatives contacted police and told them he had taken one of her husband’s guns. She told police she contacted them because Stimson had returned the revolver he took.

When detectives interviewed Langford, he told them that he and Stimson had been at a party and were walking to Stimson’s girlfriend’s house when they encountered Watson. Langford told police Watson gave Stimson $5 and that Stimson then asked Watson to give him “all you got.” He said that when Stimson stuck his hand in the window, Watson laughed at him and grabbed the gun. He said that he did not know if Stimson pulled the trigger or if Watson’s actions caused the gun to fire.

Police said that Stimson and Langford are known gang members, beling to the 64 Block Crips.

Stimson also faces a second charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

stimpsonTACOMA — Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help in finding James “JJ” Stimson Jr., one of two 16-year-old boys charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Tacoma man on Nov. 18.

The victim, David Watson, was shot and killed by two suspects during an attempted robbery in the parking lot of a Chevron gas station at 56th and S. Lawrence Street in Tacoma.

He reportedly encountered the suspects while looking for his lost dog in the middle of the night. Stimson and Marcus R. Langford are being prosecuted as adults in the death.

Langford pleaded not guilty last week. His bail was set at $1 million.

Stimson is a black/white male, 16, 5-foot-6, about 140 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes. Police said he is known to frequent the Salishan area of east Tacoma.

Stimson should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County at 253-591-5959.

TACOMA — Police arrested a 16-year-old Tuesday night in connection with the shooting death of a Tacoma man.

The teen will be charged with first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He was arraigned Wednesday.

The arrest stems from the Nov. 18 shooting death of David Watson, 45, that left investigators baffled.  Watson, 45, was shot in his pickup truck at a gas station on 56th Street and South Lawrence Street early in the morning. The victim drove away, but his truck went into a nearby park and rolled up onto a hillside at 54th Street and South Lawrence Street. He was found in his truck and taken to
Tacoma General Hospital, where he later died

Police found surveillance video showing two teens running away from the truck shortly before Watson was found. Police said the two suspects approached Watson with a gun and demanded his possessions. Watson laughed at the teens and grabbed for the pistol when he was shot, authorities said.

An arrest warrant is being sought for the other 16-year-old allegedly involved in murder, police said.

TACOMA — Police are hoping to find two men spotted by a surveillance camera running away from a convenience store parking lot shortly after a Tacoma man was shot to death in a nearby gas station early Sunday morning.

Surveillance video from a gas station on 56th Street and South Lawrence Street in Tacoma shows two young men walking around the parking lot and then running away. Police believe the men are connected to a shooting that occurred  around the same time.

David Watson, 45, was shot in his pickup truck at the gas station early Sunday morning. The victim drove away but his truck went into a nearby park and rolled up onto a hillside at 54th Street and South Lawrence Street. He was found in his truck and taken to  Tacoma General Hospital, where he later died.

“We want the public’s help in finding the individuals that are responsible for this,” said Jonathan Watson, the victim’s brother. “It’s awful, it’s bewildering. My family is inconsolable over this issue, this death. This is a devastating loss, loss for our family.”

The victim’s roommate told The News Tribune of Tacoma that the victim was out searching for his dog before he was shot.

“Two guys wandered in there,” Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said of the surveillance video. “The victim just happened to stop there; we’re not even sure why he was there. We’re not sure what, if any, confrontation took place. Obviously some kind of interaction took place between everybody involved that led to a shooting. We don’t know why.”

Anyone with information on the suspects in the surveillance video or the shooting should call 911.

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