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Police say Tacoma man selling iPhone online shot at would-be buyer who pulled knife, stole it

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
October 17, 2012 7:47 pm

When the would-be buyer of an iPhone advertised on Craigslist pulled a knife and snatched the phone Tuesday night, the owner wasn’t having it, according to Tacoma police.

The 33-year-old man pulled a gun and shot at the thief, who got away with the phone and was not hit, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Officers were called about 6:30 p.m. to the scene of the meeting gone wrong at a parking lot at South 84th Street and Pacific Avenue South.

The suspect remains at large, Fulghum said. No one was hurt.

Officers advised the victim that he probably should not have fired and took the gun, Fulghum said.

“When the guy pulls a knife on him, that takes it to a whole different level,” he said. “When the guy is running from you, the threat is gone. So is your phone, but firing at the guy is not recommended.”


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