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UPDATED: Warrant issued for suspect in UPS shooting

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 30, 2012 at 8:44 am with 15 Comments »
April 30, 2012 10:50 am
Brian M. Windmeyer/Courtesy of DOC

UPDATED at 10:42 a.m.:

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 27-year-old Tacoma man suspected of firing a gun at two University of Puget Sound campus security officers last week.

Bryan Michael Windmeyer was charged Friday with first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, felony harassment, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and vehicle prowling. Detectives suspect Windmeyer was trying to leave the area.

Windmeyer, who has prior convictions for robbery and driveby shooting, is suspected in an altercation with two UPS security officers Wednesday evening.

Charging documents and Tacoma police provided this account.

The campus security officers were alerted to a man trying to break into cars parked behind several university-owned houses about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The two security officers came into contact with Windmeyer near Union Avenue and North 14th Street. He gave them a driver’s license.

As the officers and Windmeyer stood, the officers received word on their radios that two cars had been broken into.

Windmeyer became uncooperative. He refused to remove his hands from his pockets.

One officer tried to control Windmeyer’s arms. As the two struggled, Windmeyer threatened to shoot the officers and grabbed a gun from his waistband.

The officers got Windmeyer to drop his gun, which fell to the ground and fired. Windmeyer was able to grab the gun again.

One of the officers took cover behind a car. Windmeyer walked over to the officer, pointed the weapon at him and pulled the trigger.

The gun clicked but didn’t fire. Neither officer was injured in the altercation.

Windmeyer quickly drove off in a black Nissan Pathfinder.

Tacoma police officers found the stolen car a short distance away parked outside an abandoned home near Sixth Avenue and Alder Street. They found several items from the prowled car inside the SUV.

Windmeyer was gone. He’s described as 5 feet 4 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes.

Tacoma-Pierce Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information on Windmeyer’s whereabouts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Leave a comment Comments → 15
  1. Whatever1214 says:

    That is a pretty skimpy description.

  2. thewestside says:

    I agree. They have his driver’s license, post a picture.

  3. Who said it was his drivers license? It said he gave them a drivers license.

  4. skippythedog says:

    What’s the point of even publishing that description? The media should at least pick one of the ethnic categories that you find on any government job application.

  5. Who said it was his drivers license, it just said a drivers license.

  6. BluesheepdogWA says:

    Guess those security officers are lucky and/or glad the gun didn’t go off when Windmeyer pointed it at them and pulled the trigger. Could have had a dead officer on their hands.

  7. surveyor1 says:

    The best part of the article is that at 27 the guy already has convictions for robbery and a drive by shooting. One would think he should still be in prison.

  8. thewestside: No photo of Windmeyer has been released. I am working to get one to add to the story. Stacey

  9. Whatever1214: That is the extent of the description listed in the warrant. Police have not released a more detailed description of him. Stacey

  10. They have the driver’s license the suspect presented. The name matches that of a person with prior convictions and apparently the picture matches the guy too. I think we can assume the drivers license identifies the person the police are looking for. So why not publish the picture and let the public help find him?

  11. pungentsound says:

    He looks as if he may have ridden on the short bus as a kid. No pun intended.

  12. serendipity says:

    People who are not reporters sure like to slam reporters. I would like them to last a day in a newsroom. Well, I did for a time, but I am not there now. I could last there but the amount of medication would lead me to miss deadlines and just fall over.

  13. mojjonation says:

    Throw a mustache on the guy and he will match the descriptions of half of the sex offenders on the registry list.

  14. PolarBear53 says:

    Basically be on the look out for a man that looks like a kid

  15. thewestside says:

    Stacey, thanks for posting the picture. :-)

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