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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 |
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.

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