Pierce County sheriff’s deputies found a 47-year-old man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound early today after an overnight standoff in the Bonney Lake area.
No sheriff’s deputies or others were injured during the incident in the 14600 block of Prairie Ridge Drive East, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. No deputies fired their weapons during the standoff, he added.
Investigators suspect alcohol and drugs played a role what happened.
The incident began about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when a woman called 911 to say two men were arguing over a missing iPod in the home. Dispatchers could hear the arguing in the background, Troyer said. The woman also reported there were guns in the home.
When deputies arrived at the home on Prairie Ridge, one of the men allegedly fired two shots outside and in the direction of where deputies and the other occupants of the house were standing. The shots missed, Troyer said.
The man retreated back into the house by himself. No one else was inside the home.
The SWAT team responded to the scene and surrounded the home. Roads were blocked off around the scene, according to a neighbor.
Negotiators attempted to make contact with the man inside the house but never reached him. Some distraction devices were fired in the house that caused explosions.
Around 3:30 a.m., members of the SWAT team looked inside the home and saw the man lying on the floor, Troyer said. They went into the house and found a man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators suspect the man shot himself shortly after the standoff started and that’s why SWAT team members were not able to make contact with him, Troyer said.