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UPDATED: One dead, three others shot in Sumner

UPDATE as of 1:14 p.m. The family of the deceased identified him as Rigoberto Daza of Madera, Calif. “Rigo” traveled to Sumner with uncles and cousins to work on the extension of the local Costco Depot, his cousin Esveidyth Cortez said. Two co-workers from Fresno and Cortez’s father were also injured in the shooting, and all are now stable, Cortez said.

Daza is survived by his wife and 1-year-old daughter, who he lived with in Madera, Cortez said.

“Quiet, honest, helpful,” Cortez said about his cousin. “You would never see him get mad. He was there for you when you needed him.

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Sumner man fatally shot by Metro SWAT after pointing gun at them is identified

A 46-year-old man shot to death by a SWAT officer after allegedly pointing a gun at police outside his Sumner home has been identified as Patrick Durnford.

Durnford called 911 about 3 p.m. Wednesday and threatened to kill himself before bunking down in his home in the 7000 block of 142nd Avenue East.

After more than an hour standoff with Metro SWAT, police said Durnford came out of the home and pointed a weapon at officers. The officer, fearing for his life, fired.

Durnford died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Man fatally shot by SWAT outside Sumner residence

UPDATE as of 7:18 p.m. The officer is with the Milton Police Department and has been put on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, per department procedure, Palmer said. The weapon appeared to be a firearm, she said. Milton police officials said they will not be releasing information about the officer tonight.

UPDATE as of 5:56 p.m. The man, 47, was fatally shot by a member of Metro SWAT about 4:19 p.m., according to Sumner police. He came out of the house pointing a weapon at officers and did not respond to commands to put it down, city spokeswoman Carmen

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Suspected drunken driver charged with head-on crash that seriously injured Auburn woman

A suspected drunken driver who allegedly hit another vehicle head on and seriously injured the driver in July has been charged in connection with the collision.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Jeffery Wissing, 54, with vehicular assault and reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 25.

According to charging papers:

Wissing and his 12-year-old son were returning home from a wedding at the Snoqualmie Golf Course July 15 when he went around a bend and crossed into oncoming traffic on state Route 162 between Sumner and Orting.

An Auburn woman behind the wheel of a Pontiac Grand

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Woman from Sumner killed in crash on state Route 410

A 56-year-old woman from Sumner died Saturday afternoon in a car crash on state Route 410.

The Washington State Patrol reports that Pamela Bone was driving a 1991 Nissan Sentra westbound on SR410 around 1:15 p.m. Saturday when her car crossed the center line and struck a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup.

The pickup, driven by a 62-year-old man from Bonney Lake, rolled, coming to rest in the eastbound lane near 234th Avenue East, the State Patrol reports. Bone’s car came to rest in the westbound lane.

Bone died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was

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East Pierce firefighters finish Fill the Boot event today in Sumner

East Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighters are wrapping up their “Fill the Boot” event today with one last collection in Sumner.

Off-duty firefighters will be standing near Valley Avenue and Main Street today taking donations from passersby for the Muscular Dystrophy Association until 6 p.m.

They have collected bills and coins from drivers in Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps and Edgewood in recent weeks.


Drowning victim on Lake Tapps identified

A 19-year-old man who drowned at Lake Tapps Sunday has been identified as Marcus Weekly.

Weekly, of Kent, was swimming at the north end of the lake at Pierce County Park when he went under the water about 5:20 p.m.

Divers from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and East Pierce Fire & Rescue pulled Weekly from the bottom of the lake. Officials said he was underwater for more than 15 minutes before he was rescued.

Weekly was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 9:30 p.m.

It’s unclear what caused him to slip beneath the surface.


Dog killed in Sumner house fire

A dog was killed today when a fire tore through a Sumner house, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

The blaze was reported about 12:45 p.m. in the 8100 block of 148th Avenue Court East. Fire officials said the flames quickly spread to the attic.

An elderly couple who lived there managed to escape on their own but their 12-year-old dog died.

The cause is under investigation but a candle left burning in a bedroom is believed to have sparked the fire.