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UPDATED: DV suspect surrenders to Tacoma police

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2012 at 10:14 am with 8 Comments »
January 30, 2012 2:58 pm
Tacoma police officers surround a man suspected in a domestic violence incident this morning/Courtesy of KIRO TV

UPDATED at 2:09 p.m.

Tacoma police have arrested a state Department of Corrections correctional officer suspected in a domestic dispute that prompted a lockdown this morning at a West End elementary school.

Officers spotted the officer”s car near North 10 Street and Skyline Drive and surrounded him about 12:25 p.m. After talking with a negotiator, the man surrendered without further incident just before 1:10 p.m., Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

DOC corrections spokesman Chad Lewis confirmed the man is a correctional officer at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

The officer worked the graveyard shift at the prison and left about 6 a.m., Lewis said. Sometime later in the morning, the officer’s brother called the prison staff.

The officer had been involved in a domestic dispute and either had or had access to a gun. The brother was concerned the officer might be headed toward the prison, Lewis said.

Staff members put the prison on lockdown and stationed armed officers at the entrance, Lewis said.

Meanwhile, someone at Skyline Elementary School, 2301 N. Mildred St., called police just before 9:15 a.m. after seeing a domestic dispute between a man and woman who were in the parking lot to drop off a child.

There was speculation a gun also might have been involved, Fulghum said. A gun was later found in the correctional officer’s car.

The woman reportedly ran inside the school for help. The school was locked down as a precautionary measure, Tacoma Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said. The lock down has since been lifted.

When officers arrived, the man was gone. The woman was interviewed by officers, then taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Initially, there was concern the man had a child in the car and Whittier Elementary School was briefly locked down because officers thought the man might be taking the child to the school. The child was dropped off with relatives in Gig Harbor, Fulghum and Voelpel said.

Officers suspect the man left the Gig Harbor area, then came back to Tacoma.

Lewis said the prison is no longer in lockdown. He said the officer had no known history of trouble with DOC.

Lewis said the officer will not be allowed back at the prison until his case is resolved.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Please update as soon as you hear anything. There are a lot of very worried Moms and Dads out there. Thank you.

  2. skippythedog says:

    job opening

  3. Frightening enough being the victim of an abusive spouse. I imagine it is worse when he is a policeman – or corrections officer – with a gun.

  4. ReadNLearn says:

    I wonder if someone had a bid on his post.

  5. skippythedog says:

    meh…bid on graveyard would lock you in for 6 mos.

  6. ReadNLearn says:

    As more info came out it appears that it’s possible a vindictive brother made things up, called and got everyone fired up while this guy was going about his business and became astonished at all that drama and overreaction at the schools.

    Now there will be teachers claiming post trauma and requiring stress leave and they’ll get it. Some will even get early retirement. And then some of the kids who saw the hyper, spastic teachers will have anxiety problems, be diagnosed with problems and be given drugs.



  7. northwestrealtor says:

    Now you’ve got the city cops chasing after state correctional officers.
    What a zoo.

  8. imyourgalfriday says:

    I doubt it was a vindictive brother. Too often no one is aware of domestic violence until it reaches lethal levels, like in this case.

    The type of personality that becomes law enforcement is also the type of personality that become abusers. domestic abuse is about control, and so is policing. So yes, it is likely that we will hear of law having to police law enforcement over domestic matters again. (that is not saying that all law enforcement is likely to be domestic abusers, however!)

    No one runs into their child’s school for safety, unless they need to get safe. the “vindictive” brother didn’t do that…

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