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UPDATED: One dead, others shot in Lakebay home invasion of marijuana grow

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm with 2 Comments »
October 8, 2010 6:01 am

At least three people were shot tonight, one fatally, when a home invasion robbery at a marijuana-grow operation went sideways in the Lakebay area.

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. when at least five heavily armed men in camouflage gear targeted the pot farm.

“They were heavily strapped,” said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. “We have close to 50 rounds that were fired. There’s ammo all over the dirt roads and the house.”

One suspect was shot to death by the homeowner, who was also shot. He is being taken to Tacoma General Hospital. His condition is unknown.

A second suspect was shot and wounded. At least four others remain loose in the area.

UPDATE: Neighbors are advised not to open their doors for any reason and to report any suspicious people or noises in the area. Deputies are on hand to respond to calls of possible sightings of the suspects who are still unaccounted for.

UPDATE No. 2: The Sheriff’s Office has released the location of the home that was targeted tonight during a home invasion robbery in Lakebay. The shootout occurred at the 19100 block of Second Street.

UPDATE No. 3: The marijuana-grow operation that prompted a home invasion robbery is not as big as sheriff’s investigators initially thought.

Although they have not been granted access to search the Lakebay home as of 1:45 a.m., Troyer says detectives have found 25 full-grown marijuana plants lining the windows of an outbuilding.

“They weren’t doing much to hide it,” Troyer said.

Equipment used to grow marijuana has also been recovered from the garage.

UPDATE No 4: The investigation has led detectives to explore the possibility that the Lakebay homeowner was selling prescription drugs in addition to a marijuana-grow found on his property.

“We’re starting to get information that somebody in this group had previously purchased oxycotin from people at this residence,” said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

UPDATE No. 5: KIRO is reporting the suspects’ getaway driver, a woman, was in custody.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. rockshaper says:

    The average time for a police response in this area is over thirty minutes after midnight. I’m surprised that there haven’t been more shootings, but most around here know that the residents around here do not have an aversion to home protection firearms.

  2. rockshaper says:

    If this guy was selling drugs, then he was wrong, but growing a little pot is no big deal these days. The real focus of the story is the fact that these punks thought a home invasion for any reason was going to be easy because of the rural nature of the residency. I’ll bet they were tweakers or high school juvenile delinquents. Everybody just needs to keep their eyes open and watch who is walking around their neighborhoods at night.

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