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Arrest made in mysterious death of Tacoma man

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012 at 10:55 am with No Comments »
November 28, 2012 11:29 am

UPDATE: Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said he will charge the 16-year-old boy with first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm this afternoon. Robbery appeared to be the motive, Sorensen said.

The boy in custody and another 16-year-old boy apparently confronted Watson with a gun and demanded his possessions, Sorensen said. Watson reportedly laughed at them and grabbed for the pistol when he was shot, the deputy prosecutor said.

An arrest warrant is being sought for the other boy.

PREVIOUS POST: Tacoma police have arrested a man in the Nov. 18 shooting death of David Watson.

Officers took the 16-year-old suspect into custody Tuesday night as they were investigating a different shooting on the city’s East Side, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

“They got enough information and they booked him,” Fulghum said.

They are still looking for another man thought connected to Watson’s death.

Watson, 45, was shot inside his pickup in the parking lot of a convenience store at South 56th and South Lawrence streets. He managed to drive about two blocks before crashing into a park. Neighbors heard the crash and called police who found Watson mortally wounded.

Video surveillance from the convenience store showed two young men outside the store about the time police Watson was killed.

The man arrested last night is expected to be arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court this afternoon.

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