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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 with 9 Comments »
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. Tough neighborhood to shoot back!!!

  2. Happening on my block, right now. The kids are slightly freaked out. It does seem like a bad sign when you poke your head out the door and a police officer says “go back!”

  3. This is written in the past tense, but our block is still shut down.

  4. AnotherCrossfireTool says:

    The guy is lucky he ran into security guards and not the Tacoma Police or we would have another dead criminal tonight.

  5. The street has finally re-opened.

  6. Perhaps Alloway Arms made it to Tacoma by now.

  7. surveyor1 says:

    Love how the TNT has to stir the pot with the last sentence.

  8. nonstopjoe says:

    Why no description of the alleged perp? It would help citizens to know what to be on the lookout for. As usual, shame on the TNT.

  9. BluesheepdogWA says:

    April 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    “The guy is lucky he ran into security guards and not the Tacoma Police or we would have another dead criminal tonight.”

    Actually the campus security officers are lucky the bad guy didn’t kill one of them. And this is the second incident in the last few days where an unarmed security guy has been confronted by a criminal with a gun. The campus security guys get asked to be campus police in everything but name, but without the authority and the ability to protect themselves and others from incidents just like this one. I’m not sure how it is at UPS, but I know the officers working at Pierce College and TCC aren’t armed and their jobs are the same as the campus cops at the University of Washington, just without the commission or the gun. What are they supposed to do when something like this happens, point their finger at the bad guy and make banging noises? Does not make any sense to me at all. I guess the powers that be are waiting for one of the campus security folks to get shot or killed before they are convinced that crime in and around the campuses is serious enough to warrant campus police at the community college level.

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