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Police investigating Lakewood homicide

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm with 10 Comments »
January 17, 2011 8:51 pm

UPDATE: The Pierce County Medical Examiner has identified the dead man as Lenard Masten, 39.

PREVIOUS POST: An apparent confrontation on a Lakewood street Sunday evening led to the city’s first homicide of 2011.

Police aren’t releasing much information.

Lt. Chris Lawler said in a news release issued this afternoon that officers responded to a call of shots fired with a man down in the 5500 block of Chicago Avenue Southwest about 8:35 p.m.

They found a man suffering from a gunshot wound  lying on the sidewalk of an apartment complex, Lawler said. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma where he died.

Witnesses told police the man was approached by two men shortly before gunshots rang out.

Detectives are interviewing people and following leads today, Lawler said.

Lakewood went all of 2010 without a homicide.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the shooter being arrested and convicted. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Tips also can be provided at 253-830-5042.

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  1. The lack of police information is very bad news. If the police think that
    they can operate in a cocoon they debase the citizen and impede their own work.

  2. Clarktribnet says:

    Chicago Avenue? Drunks fighting over the loss?

  3. lovethemountains says:

    Lack of police information very bad news?

    “…operate in a cocoon…..debase the citizen and impede their own work”

    What are you talking about? First off, do you wish the police to make up copy for the news in the earliest stages of the investigation just for the reading enjoyment of the public when they are actually trying to sort out a crime? Second, it is a very normal and necessary procedure to withhold information from the public so as not to compromise an investigation. Use your head, man.

  4. He was a good man. A true friend and a father. You will be greatly missed.

  5. heavyheartinflorida says:

    Drunk had nothing to do with it and was not a factor in this incident! The victim who I was truly blessed to have as a brother for 39 years, was not drunk at all and did not know the scum that gunned him down as he walked out his apartment in route to the store to buy some pop to have with his dinner. He was a good man that took care of and made sacrifices for his children and everyone that he loved. His murder was senseless, just like the inappropriate comment that was made. No matter what anyone may think of my brother, he was a son, a nephew, a uncle and a fantastic father to 7 beautiful children. Most importantly, he is now our Angel in Heaven protecting his loved ones from the senseless acts of crime that we are plagued with in this Country. He is safe now and truly SOBER!

  6. neal we have love for your brother too and believe we know what FELON … did this and karma will not be denied

  7. thai is a felon did this….

  8. i dont drink but thisis alot too take in so i had a coupl tonight

  9. muchlove bro hadlots of good memories

  10. hope the police do there job

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