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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 |
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.

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