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Manhunt over in Fife; traffic snarled, suspect captured

Post by Sean Robinson / The News Tribune on May 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm with No Comments »
May 31, 2013 8:33 pm

UPDATE: Fife Police Chief Brad Blackburn just confirmed the capture of a 24-year-old man wanted on a warrant out of Oregon for homicide and attempted murder. The chase drew 8 agencies and blocked traffic near the Milroy Bridge, a key link between Fife and Puyallup.

Blackburn gave this account of the incident: a dispatch call came in about 5:30 describing a suspicious man near 70th Avenue East and North Levee Road, along the Puyallup River. An officer approached the man, but the encounter turned into a fight. The man attacked the officer and fled on foot toward the river. A swarm of agencies assisted on the scene, including Puyallup Police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s office.

The man hid in the brush near the 7300 block of North Levee Road, where officers finally captured him. The officer attacked by the man received minor injuries, but Blackburn indicated they weren’t serious. Officers are taking the captured man to the Pierce County Jail. Fife Police are asking anyone who might have seen the suspect fleeing to call the department at 253-922-6633, ext. 1.

UPDATE: Fife Police captured a suspect who led them on a short chase near River Road earlier this evening. Scanner chatter recorded the moment around 7:30: “Suspect in custody. Nice job everybody,” a voice said.

The suspect appears to have a warrant out of Oregon. We have a call in to Fife Police Chief Brad Blackburn. More to come.

EARLIER: Fife Police and other agencies are searching for an unidentified suspect near River Road and North Levee Road. We’re hearing unverified information that a police officer may have been assaulted by the suspect in the course of this chase, but that’s not confirmed. Traffic in the area is blocked, so don’t go there. We have a call in to Fife PD for more information, but details are still sketchy. Expect more updates soon.


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