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Tacoma police looking for suspect

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm with No Comments »
May 14, 2008 3:24 pm


Tacoma police detectives are searching for a 30-year-old man for unlawfully gun possession and in connection with a homicide earlier this year in the Old Town neighborhood.


A warrant has been issued for the arrest of James D. Wamsley (pictured here). Pierce County prosecutors have charged Wamsley with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.


He’s described as white, 6 feet 1 and 190 pounds. He has dark blonde hair, blue eyes and sometimes sports a goatee.


He’s known on the streets as “Long Haired Jimmy.”


He’s a person of interest in the March 27 shooting death of Eric Nevils, a 30-year-old Parkland father and husband. Nevils was shot in what has described as a drug-related robbery. Two men have been arrested in the case.


The level of Wamsley’s involvement in the homicide was still unknown.


"There’s some kind of involvement," Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. "We are just not sure to what extent."


Investigators say he has an extensive criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous.


Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to Wamsley’s arrest. Callers remain anonymous.


Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.


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