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West Pierce firefighter injured after tackling drunk man threatening to kill crew

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 17, 2013 at 9:32 am |
April 17, 2013 9:32 am

A West Pierce firefighter was injured Monday tackling a drunken man who was threatening to shoot five firefighters in University Place.

The crew was called to help the 37-year-old man, who had a “decreased level of consciousness,” according to court records.

Firefighters found him stumbling in and out of traffic.

“He was hostile and aggressive from the outset and began threatening the firefighters and attempting to provoke them to fight,” court records show.

The man tossed his bag on the ground and allegedly reached inside while threatening to shoot the firefighters. Two firefighters tackled him to the ground. One of the firefighters injured his nose, finger and wrist in the scuffle.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the man with five counts of felony harassment. The man pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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