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UPDATED: Suspect still sought in deadly burglary at retired Puyallup officer’s home

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 5, 2012 at 9:00 am |
April 5, 2012 2:08 pm

UPDATED at 2:07 p.m.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a man suspected of taking part in a burglary Wednesday afternoon that left one of his accomplices dead.

Deputies know who they are looking for but haven’t found him yet, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said today. The suspect’s identity has not yet been released to the public.

Meanwhile, a woman arrested on suspicion of taking part in the burglary made her first court appearance this afternoon. Prosecutors asked that she continued to be held as the Sheriff’s Department investigates the deadly shooting.

While the woman was being held in jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, chief criminal deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said prosecutors have not yet decided what charges she would face.

The woman’s arraignment was scheduled for Friday.

Investigators say four people – three men and the woman – went to the home of a retired Puyallup police officer about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. The retired officer was asleep inside the home in the 14300 block of 134th Avenue East but woke up when he heard a noise.

The burglars had kicked in the door and were inside the house, Troyer said. The retired officer fired a gun at the intruders when one came at him with a crowbar.

The suspects – three men and a woman – left in a pickup truck.

The wounded burglar was dropped off at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup about 20 minutes later. He died shortly after 5 p.m.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released any information about him. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Officers found two of the other suspects in the truck in the hospital parking garage. The remaining suspect had jumped out of the truck at a gas station on the way to the hospital.

The woman was booked into the jail Wednesday night.

The man, who’s suspected of driving the getaway truck, was booked into the jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Because he was booked after midnight, he will not make his first court appearance until Friday.

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