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Accused bank robber shot by TPD officers pleads guilty

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
May 25, 2010 2:34 pm

A suspected bank robber who was shot in March by three Tacoma police officers has pleaded guilty to two heists.

Sean D. Sawyer, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree robbery. He was reportedly sentenced to 14 years, three months in prison during a hearing this morning.

Prosecutors had charged Sawyer with robbing the University Place Key Bank at 2424 Mildred St. on Feb. 16 and the Columbia Bank, 1959 S. Union Ave., in Tacoma on March 15.

After the Columbia Bank was robbed, witnesses called Tacoma police and provided officers with a description of the robber and license-plate number of the robber’s getaway car.

Officers found the abandoned car near South 15th Street and Sprague Avenue. Minutes later, three officers confronted Sawyer in the 1500 block of South Ridgewood Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing Sawyer walk toward the officers with his right hand in his jacket.

The officers ordered him to stop or they’d shot. He didn’t stop and the officers fired several rounds.

Sawyer was hit in the right and left calf, right thigh, upper left arm and left side of the chest. He spent several days in the hospital, then was booked into Pierce County Jail.

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