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Suspected car prowler shoots at UPS security officers; none hurt

Post by Brian Sandford / The News Tribune on April 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
April 25, 2012 9:32 pm

A man suspected of firing at two University of Puget Sound campus security officers remained missing Wednesday night.

Tacoma police had Sixth Avenue blocked off for hours Wednesday evening at Alder Street as they searched an empty home for the man. It reopened about 9:30 p.m. Tacoma police officer Dave Johnson said officers might have found the suspect’s vehicle, prompting the search.

University spokeswoman Shirley Skeel said no one was hurt in the incident, which happened about 5:15 p.m. near the campus in Tacoma’s North End.

She said there was a report of a man in a parking lot behind several university-owned houses near Union Avenue and North 14th Street.

The man appeared to be attempting to break into cars.

Campus security officers were alerted, and when they showed up, the suspect pulled a gun and fired one shot, Skeel said. The man then fled in a stolen vehicle.

Skeel said two safety alerts were sent to the campus community, which can choose to receive safety messages by email or phone. Two students contacted The News Tribune to complain that the university had failed to send out the alert in a timely fashion.

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