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Category: SWAT

Feb.
19th

Fatal shooting of Sumner man by Milton officer justified, prosecutor rules

The fatal shooting of a Sumner man by a Milton police officer has been ruled lawful, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

Patrick Don Durnford, 47, was shot Oct. 24 outside him home in the 7000 block of 142nd Avenue East.

According to prosecutors:

Officer Zack Kenyon shot Durnford while responding to the residence as part of the Pierce County Metro SWAT team. The death was determined to be a justifiable homicide.

Durnford said he had a .357 handgun and a hostage, and exited the house and pointed what appeared to be an orange handgun at

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Jan.
27th

UPDATED: SWAT at Puyallup mobile home where police say man has barricaded himself inside; Some nearby homes evacuated

A 53-year-old man was arrested Sunday evening after police said he barricaded himself inside his mobile home after he allegedly assaulted his wife and destroyed her property.

Police initially got a call about a domestic violence incident at 12:40 p.m. in the 200 block of 27th Avenue Southeast.

The suspect refused to exit the mobile home, indicated he was armed and would not communicate with officers, spokesman Capt. Scott Engle said. Metro SWAT went into the home about 4:30 p.m., at which point the man complied and was taken into custody without incident, according to police.

Authorities found what appeared

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Oct.
25th

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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Oct.
24th

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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Oct.
17th

Man arrested after seven-hour standoff in Tacoma hotel

After a nearly seven-hour standoff Tuesday night, Fife police and a Tacoma SWAT team arrested a man holed up inside of a hotel.

Fife officers went to La Quinta Inn about 3:40 p.m. to serve the man several state Department of Corrections warrants. It was not immediately known what the warrants were for.

Police heard what they believed was a shotgun being chambered and the man threatening officers.

Tacoma police sent an explosive team and a SWAT team to assist. They eventually used a robot to open the door and the man surrendered about 10 p.m.

No weapons were found

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July
17th

Fatal shooting of Roy man by SWAT team lawful, prosecutor says

The shooting death of a Roy man who deputies said increasingly threatened his neighbors and fired a gun at a sheriff’s department plane was lawful, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said today.

Raymond G. LaMadeleine, 50 when he died, was fatally shot in the torso by a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department sharpshooter Jan. 31.

Deputies went to take LaMadeleine into custody at the property he was renting because of his escalating threats, prosecutors said.

SWAT team members heard gunshots as they approached the residence, and the sharpshooter fired when he saw LaMadeleine shoot a rifle at a sheriff’s department plane

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July
11th

UPDATED: SWAT arrests wanted felon after standoff at Spanaway house

UPDATE as of 9:18 p.m. Bischoff surrendered about 9:15 p.m. after the SWAT team filled the house with gas. He has been taken into custody.

INITIAL POST: A Pierce County sheriff’s SWAT team has surrounded a house near Spanaway where a convicted felon wanted for several crimes is believed to be holed up.

Douglas Alfred Bischoff, 24, of Spanaway, has apparently barricaded himself inside a house in the 4200 block 213th Court East.

“We believe we have him trapped, and he’s in the house alone,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Troyer warned that any explosions heard are made by the

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