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Category: Shooting


Man fatally shot by Lakewood police in Tillicum was armed with cap gun, according to department

A man fatally shot by Lakewood police in Tillicum last week was armed with a “very realistic looking metal cap gun,” the department said Monday.

Officers said they had been looking for Patrick O’Meara, 28, for an outstanding felony warrant.

They got information that he was at a residence in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest in Tillicum, and when they arrived about 11:30 p.m. June 18, knocked on the door and identified themselves as “police.”

Officers at the side of the residence saw through a window that O’Meara was standing with the gun, and he did not

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Lakewood police fatally shoot armed man in Tillicum

Two Lakewood police officers opened fire on a man Tuesday night after he refused their commands to put down a gun then made a move they found threatening, the department reported.

The 28-year-old man died at the scene. The two officers, who’s names have not yet been released, are on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy following an officer-involved shooting.

The shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. at a house in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest.

Lt. Jeff Alwine said earlier in the evening officers were searching for a man being sought on a felony warrant.

They later

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Fatal shooting in North End prompted by roommate’s confrontation with shooter

The fatal shooting of a man in Tacoma’s North End started when one of the victim’s roommates approached a neighbor as he was shooting a gun off his back porch, police said.

Several neighbors on North Ferdinand Street called 911 about 8 p.m. Thursday after hearing Michael Dillon, 51, firing a gun.

Police said one of the victim’s roommates went to Dillon’s home to confront him about the gunshots. He then walked back to his home next door, with Dillon following him. An argument broke out in the side yard of 55-year-old Frank Rossiter’s home. When the roommate saw

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Tacoma man suspected of killing neighbor was paranoid, easily angered

A 51-year-old Tacoma man who police say shot and killed his neighbor Thursday night was paranoid, a heavy drinker and easily angered, according to neighbors.

Detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting, which happened about 8 p.m. outside the victim’s house in the 4600 block of North Ferdinand Street.

“They got into a disagreement and (the suspect) started shooting,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “We don’t know why.”

The suspect fired several rounds from his back porch before walking to the victim’s home and getting into a confrontation.

Some neighbors said they heard at least 10 shots. At

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Lakewood man sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison for shooting wife during counseling session

A Lakewood man who fatally shot his wife during a counseling session at a Federal Way church three years ago was sentenced this morning to 28 ½ years in prison.

Charles Parsons, 44, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder in the death of Carol Parsons, 38. The couple was married 12 years before divorcing in 2009. They had three children.

Charles Parsons hoped to get back together wife his wife, but she had begun dating another man.

During a March 17, 2010, counseling session, Charles Parsons asked her if she would stop dating her boyfriend. When she refused, he

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Police: Man fatally shoots Tacoma neighbor near North 48th and North Ferdinand streets, kills self in Gig Harbor

A Tacoma man suspected of fatally shooting his neighbor Thursday night later took his own life in Gig Harbor, according to Tacoma police.

Officers responded to North 47th and North Ferdinand streets about 8 p.m. for reports of shots fired, and one caller said a man had been “hit,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

While searching the area, police found the body of a man outside. He and the suspected shooter are neighbors, Cool said.

Officers told residents to stay inside their homes while they searched for the shooter.

Several hour later, Cool said the suspect had driven to a

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Homeland Security officer hurt in Lakewood released from hospital, suspect he shot stable

A Homeland Security officer a suspect hit with a car in Lakewood Wednesday night during a multi-agency narcotics investigation has been released from the hospital and should fully recover from his injuries, according to Lakewood police.

Lakewood Lt. Chris Lawler said the suspect, who the federal officer shot after the crash, is in stable condition at a local hospital.

He is a Hispanic man who has not been positively identified, Lawler said.

The federal officer is a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, where he has worked for six years. He has 10 years

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Police: Homeland Security agent hit by car, shoots suspect in Lakewood narcotics investigation

UPDATE: The Homeland Security agent struck in the leg by a fleeing suspect has been released from the hospital, an agency spokesman said.

The agent has not been identified.

INITIAL POST:A Homeland Security Investigations special agent was hit in the leg by a vehicle and shot the driver who was trying to flee officials during a multi-agency narcotics investigation Wednesday night in Lakewood, according to police.

The Drug Enforcement Agency was leading the narcotics investigation, which involved Lakewood police and other agencies.

A suspect vehicle was stopped about 8 p.m. at 108th Street Southwest and 47th Avenue Southwest.

The driver

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