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Police: Man fired shot at neighbor’s daughter as she snuck out of house

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2012 at 6:09 am with 19 Comments »
August 2, 2012 11:37 am

A 57-year-old Tacoma man was upset that his neighbor’s daughter was trying to sneak out of her house so he fired a bullet to scare her back inside, police said.

A single shot was fired about 2 a.m. in the 1100 block of N. 11th Street. Neighbors called 911 to report that they heard someone shooting a handgun and men arguing.

“He didn’t fire the shot at the girl. He fired the shot into the air,” police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

When officers arrived, witnesses said they heard two men arguing and the older man claiming he had only fired a warning shot.

The alleged shooter was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault.

Police said a group of teenagers was chatting on Facebook when they decided to sneak out of their houses to hang out. Two boys who were waiting outside the girl’s home caught the attention of the neighbor, who went outside to confront them.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. What is wrong with this guy? Was he jealous that she wasn’t sneaking out to see him? What if the person she was sneaking out to meet was standing nearby and got shot because this loon didn’t see him?

    Keep this guy locked up. He is a menace to the community, by his own admission.

  2. alindasue says:

    My concern is where the stray bullet went. (I assume he deliberately missed.) It had to have gone somewhere…

  3. GlockMeister says:

    WOW…what a knuclehead. Where is the justification for the discharge???
    Good job on the felony arrest….Could have been ticket for discharge within city limits.
    That will stop this guy from owning firearms if convicted…Happy Days

  4. khparker says:

    Franken, is there a paragraph in this story that only you can see? Because I didn’t read a single word about the political leanings of the perpetrator here…

  5. itwasntmethistime says:

    Harsh… but nobody got hurt and it did prevent the girl from successfully sneaking out.

  6. Ortingmom says:

    Just ignore Frankie, she/it is full of hate.

  7. jsisbest says:

    There isn’t a 1900 block of North ‘G’ Street. It’d be nice to know where this really occurred.

  8. lovethemountains says:

    This just in: Frankenchrist makes an idiotic remark.

  9. LeePHill says:

    2nd Amendment solutions.

    Oh, sorry. I’m quoting a Tea Partier

  10. dlockner says:

    I don’t know the whole story, but, i do know that he exercised very poor judgment. His actions place his competence in doubt. Clearly, he should lose his right to own weapons. While it is unlikely that anyone would have been hit as the round returned to earth, such an outcome was not impossible. For that, an assault charge is warranted. While no discharge was justifiable, a more reasonable place to have put the round would be the ground. I feel for the family that has to continue living next to him. I know i don’t want him for a neighbor. I have to wonder why he was peeking on house next to him. If they are neighborly, he might have called her parents. If not, then he should have minded his own business.

  11. TomasUP says:

    As a licensed firearm carrier I applaud the Tacoma Police on a proper FELONY arrest.

    There was NO excuse, NONE AT ALL, for drawing OR firing.

    “Fired in the air,”eh? Wonder where it came down, and who was put in danger from that?

  12. Punish the firearm abuser who did a stupid thing, sure, but don’t condemn or criticize the firearm. A lot of people do stupid things with motor vehicles, chainsaws, pressure cookers etc., all things that can cause serious/fatal injuries, but you don’t hear anyone condemning the vehicle and the other tools along with all those that own them.

  13. Wow; just wow so many things to be said here but I’ll limit to two points.

    1. we need better gun control in the sense that education/training/mental evaluations are done BEFORE guns get into the possession of people like this.

    2. i hope he gets a felony and can never again own a firearm no second chances with this in my opinion.

  14. Publicola says:

    Well…let’s not be too hasty.
    OK, using a live round wasn’t the most brilliant thing to do.
    But think of the improved behavior around the neighborhood using the blank round “warning shot” method….
    A car goes too fast down the street….BLAM.
    The party across the street is getting a little too loud….BLAM.
    Someone is running their leaf blower at 7a.m. …… BLAM…BLAM…BLAM…BLAM…. (Hey, you’ve got to use more than one shot for that…you can barely hear a Howitzer over those things.)
    And it’ll be another plus for the city’s image:
    Welcome to Tacoma. Don’t worry about being annoying…odds are you’ll get at least one warning shot.

    Then again, we could try just talking and getting to know our neighbors, presuming we would want to go to all that trouble.

  15. itwasntmethistime says:

    I wonder if she’ll sneak out again any time soon?

  16. SwordofPerseus says:

    Flood/Mag lights and a telephone call to the neighbors would have been a better option. Very unwise use of a firearm and the moron who discharged his weapon is probably going to lose his second amendment rights…rightfully so.

  17. cclngthr says:


    Methinks there is another issue. I think the one who fired the warning shot grew up in a time where kids were disciplined hard when needed (as I was) and felt today’s youth are out of control.

  18. ithsmay says:

    Is there really such a word as “snuck”???

  19. LEFTISBEST says:

    What goes up, must come down..

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