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Charges filed against man in shooting at Spanaway bar

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm with 12 Comments »
June 7, 2012 2:03 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 62-year-old man in connection with a shooting Saturday night at a fundraising event for families of cancer patients.

Derek Warren Harms, a member of the Ghostriders motorcycle club, told detectives he and other Ghostriders had been invited to meet with members of the Bandidos to “work out prior misunderstandings,” court documents state.

He arrived at “Metal Fest” at Uncle Sam’s American Bar and Grill, 16003 Pacific Ave. S., with two others. The Bandidos participate in events for an umbrella fundraising group called Bikers Fighting Cancer.

Harms had a loaded gun with him and several bullets in his pockets. Harms said he was assisting the Ghostrider club president, who is blind, towards the bar when they were contacted by two others.

The two people demanded Harms and the others “give up their colors or they will ‘shoot them off,'” court documents state.

Harms said he saw one of the men reach behind his back and thought he was getting a gun.
Harms fired his gun.

One man was struck by two bullet fragments in his right arm and shoulder area. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment.

Harms, a convicted felon, was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault and second-degree possession of a firearm. He was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. waxhvac says:

    Why don’t I see any “glad that gangster punks In jail” hmmm

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Let’s see…..the accused was told to strip off his jacket and cede it, or he would be shot. Then, he saw the potential attacker reach behind his back? If a cop did it it would be a Good Shoot……Anyone that’s been out of the house in the last few years knows about the Banditos….They are all killers.

  3. gottaroof says:

    Does it stop being self defense because they are bikers?? Set your fears aside, and no offense to the Ghost Rider, but if it were a regular 60 year old man, everybody would be saying way to go pops. No, I am not a biker, I have no affiliations with them, but I do believe in
    equal protection under the law.

  4. waxhvac says:

    A convicted felon with a gun!? But I guess there’s no problem there I guess….Look thus is gang violence and because if where it happened and who it happened to its not gonna get half as many trash comments…..Thats all

  5. waxhvac says:

    *this is gang violence* excuse me

  6. waxhvac says:

    Had this been a crip and a blood at “rap fest” there woulda been so much heat on this clown…but because it’s a middle aged, majority white male GANG I don’t seem to that

  7. he should have killed him, so we’d have two waste of space out of society

  8. these white gangs are getting out of control, they need to be shipped back to Europe where they belong

  9. panhead says:

    The bottom line is a convicted felon with a gun and then using it…………….60+ year old man with no Federal sheet would be looked upon as a hero of sorts…………..BECAUSE as a FREE citizen in a FREE country that men gave their lives to maintain that FREEDOM allows that man to protect himself from the felons who can’t trusted………..the felon knew what he was walking into and chose’s to bring a gun………. that is equal protection under the law……….bad guy goes to jail and the streets are a little more protected……….

  10. waxhvac says:

    Agreed

  11. Alvin Hegge must be shaking his head………….

  12. mikeye74 says:

    if the law takes your rights to a gun away i guess you are no longer
    a human and should not be able to protect yourself or your family, and those who took a right (rights are not given by the gov) away are there for accepting the responsibility to you and yours to protect .
    Where was his protection from who took his rights away?

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