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Cache of weapons seized after Northeast Tacoma man threatens to harm himself

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 5, 2011 at 10:29 am |
July 5, 2011 10:29 am

Tacoma police contacted a Northeast Tacoma man and confiscated his cache of weapons after he threatened to kill himself Monday.

Officers were called to the 5400 block of 34th Court Northeast on Monday. The man had been armed with a gun and arguing with his wife, police reported. The man reportedly put the gun in the safe, then left the home after Tacoma police were called.

The man later called his parents and threatened to kill himself. He said that he was walking in the area, police reported.

Officers responded to the area and started searching for the man. Meanwhile, he called his wife and spoke to an officer at his house. The man eventually told officers he was near Northeast Tacoma Elementary School. Officers arrested him without incident, police said.

The man told officers he’d put a gun to his head and fired a round into the ceiling of his garage. He was involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation.

The wife denied that a crime occurred. She did ask Tacoma police to take all the guns in the house for safekeeping. Officers seized two AR-15 rifles, five handguns, a bolt-action rifle, shotgun, multiple magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, police reported.

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