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Fircrest police officer shoots, wounds 2 car prowl suspects

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on April 22, 2012 at 10:57 am with 23 Comments »
April 22, 2012 1:44 pm

Two men were shot and wounded by a police officer early Sunday morning in Fircrest. It was the city’s first officer-involved shooting.

The incident began around 12:45 a.m. with reports of men prowling cars outside a bar on 19th Street West near Mildred Street.

The men were confronted by a security guard, and one of the men pulled a gun on the guard, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Fircrest police were called. The suspects fled to a nearby apartment complex in the 6400 block of 19th Street West, and police quickly tracked them there. Troyer said one of the men brandished a gun, and the suspects were not cooperative with police.

A Fircrest officer fired “some rounds” on the suspects, Troyer said, and both men were injured just before 1 a.m.

They were taken to the hospital. One was treated and then booked into Pierce County Jail. The second man remains at the hospital. Troyer said he will be booked into the jail after treatment.

Troyer added that both suspects – ages 21 and 22 – are felons and known gang members who have served prison time. The suspect who reportedly pulled his gun on the officer had a no-bail warrant out for his arrest, he added.

Fircrest had never had an officer-involved shooting until this incident, Troyer said. The police officer who fired on the suspects is 43 years old and has been with the department for six years, he added. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. Just another night in Tacoma.

  2. Good to hear that the Fircrest police office just did his job and protect us all and the 2 suspects need to be in jail & not out committing more crimes.

  3. northwestrealtor says:

    “Both of the men are known felons and gang members who have served prison time.”

    Instead of wasting the time and tax payer money taking these low life
    scumbags to the hospital, they should have both been fitted for weight belts, taken to the center span of the Narrows Bridge and dropped head
    first. “Forget ADT, insure with Smith and Wesson.”

  4. I think these little gang member punks are starting to learn that we arn’t going to stand still while they come in the night and steal what we work hard for. I hope these guys go to prison for a very long time. I’m proud of the officer.

  5. BigSwingingRichard says:

    We should all thank the Fircrest police for continuing to risk their lives to protect and serve our citizens in Tacoma and Fircrest.

  6. I think these little gang member punks are starting to learn that we aren’t going to stand still while they come in the night and steal what we work hard for. I hope these guys go to prison for a very long time. I’m proud of the officer.

  7. Now, Will the court do their job should the two misceants be found guilty? Jobs well done by security and the police. The public thanks you…

  8. skippythedog says:

    Good marksmanship, hitting two armed suspects, under such duress.
    We need to get a lot more liberal with the death penalty though.
    3 strikes should equal death.

  9. I just Love new Darwin nominees.

  10. The Police Officer that did the shooting should spend more time practicing at the gun range!When your life is on the line,you need to have all the advantages in your favor.It seems the criminals of this era have no qualms about killing a Police Officer.I refer to the killing of the Officer in Gorst recently.

  11. The only time that I heard of a Fircrest Police Officer pulling out his sidearm he (Clyde) shot himself in the foot and that was over half a century ago.Times are a changing.

  12. RedForeman says:

    Good job Fircrest cop. I still won’t drive through Fircrest but good job.

  13. Whatever1214 says:

    We need to require gangs to provide medical insurance for their members. For this group, birth control coverage needs to be mandatory.

  14. HorseshoeCat says:

    Great job officer. “Center of mass”. Glad to see these punks in jail. Hope the judge reads their defendent case history (DCH) and understands what it says. They need to do some serious prison time.

  15. guidocarmasi says:

    Damn it Lakewood is getting tougher on crime and the hoods are moving into a new area. Shame on Lakewood!! Keep your own in town.

  16. pinecone says:

    Gang-bangers it would be prudent not to show your weapons to Fircrest police officers, because you will be shot.

    Fircrest Police thank you for protecting our neighborhood!

    I would like the Tribune to describe what race these criminals are.

  17. thewestside says:

    Fircrest police carry guns? I thought they only carried ticket books…….Just kidding:-)

    Great job FPD!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Outstanding job!!! Justice part one as it should be administered. Lets pray that justice part two will not fail the citizens!!!

  19. I think I know of the place where this occurred, and this is their preferred clientele.

  20. Thedavenports says:

    Everyone should try to buy stock in the jail system!

  21. PTGranny says:

    Job well done, FPD!!! Get them off the streets one by one!! And I agree with ginahopk…leave the things alone we work hard to have…if you want these things, get a job and earn them for yourself! Hopefully, the courts do the right thing and put them away where they belong!

  22. I knew I heard gunshots that night! However, my clock read closer to 23:40 when I heard the 10±2 shots, the car racing off, and then the sirens.

  23. Great job Fircrest PD! Thank you for, once again, responding to and protecting us from, the resident evil that persists at that site.

    As Katzfan mentioned, the nearby business seems draw and harbor this type of violent clientele. According to Fircrest City Council minutes, the Fircrest police chief and the City Council have requested the state revoke the businesses liquor license due to the frequency and level of violence that occurs both inside and outside of the establishment. Is it any wonder that armed, felon, gangster car prowlers were in the parking lot or that they were brazen enough to threaten the lives of the security guard and the officer?

    Police Officers encounter enough danger in the course of their day. They should not have to put their lives on the line to repeatedly respond to the same cesspool while waiting for the state to take action. This business and the gang members that frequent it, need to be sent a clear message by the citizens and the state-Leave. To the gangsters with the gun-Prison.

    Keep up the good work Fircrest PD. Stay safe.

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