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Tag: Tacoma Police Department


Man dies in rollover crash in Tacoma at East 62nd and McKinley

A man died in a rollover crash that happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday at East 62nd Street and McKinley Avenue East, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

It appeared the crash may have been caused by a medical emergency, she said.

Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said crews used the jaws of life to remove patients from the wreck, and that three people were taken to the hospital.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has not yet identified the man.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


No change in condition of Tacoma panhandler shot by officer

A panhandler shot by a Tacoma police officer Saturday remained in critical condition Monday and had not yet been identified, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The man, a white male in his 30s, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital in critical condition after the shooting.

Cool said Saturday the man hit the officer in the arm with a pipe-like object when she asked him to move as he was panhandling about 3:15 p.m. near East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue. The officer tried to subdue the man with a Taser, and when that failed and he continued to

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Tacoma officer who shot and critically injured panhandler released from hospital

A Tacoma police officer who shot and critically injured a panhandler during an altercation Saturday has been released from the hospital, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Cool did not immediately have information Sunday about the condition of the man shot, who she said was treated at the hospital as “John Doe.”

Police said Saturday that the man was panhandling about 3:15 p.m. near East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue, when a Tacoma policewoman told him to move.

The man then attacked the officer by hitting and injuring her in the arm with a pipe-like object, Cool said.


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Police ask for public’s help to find Tacoma bank robber

Police are asking the public to help identify a man who robbed a Tacoma bank Monday morning.

The surveillance picture above shows the man police say robbed a bank about 10:45 a.m. in the 800 block of South 38th Street in Tacoma.

The suspect walked into the bank, showed the teller a note that demanded money and said he was armed with a gun, and ran out of the bank with the cash, according to police.

The robber is described as a black man in his 20s, between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8, with a thin build

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CLEARED: Police blocking SR 509 near I-705

UPDATE as of 9 p.m. All lanes are cleared, according to the state. Trooper Guy Gill said it appeared someone was trying to jump from the Pacific Avenue Bridge earlier, but that the suspect is now safe and in custody.

INITIAL POST: Police are blocking both directions of state Route 509 near Interstate 705, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The incident started about 8 p.m.

The State Patrol and Tacoma police are at the scene.

Further details are not immediately available. Check back for updates.


Police ask for help to find suspected Tacoma bank robber

Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help to find a man suspected of robbing a bank with a cardboard note last month.

Ronald Perozzo, 50, is suspected of robbing a Key Bank about 4 p.m. May 6 in the 8400 block of Pacific Avenue by handing a robbery note to a teller that was written on a piece of cardboard, according to police.

His hair and mustache might have been dyed black or shaved at the time of the robbery to conceal his identity, officers said.

He is 6 foot 1 and 190 pounds.

A warrant has been

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Tacoma Fire refers blaze in vacant house to police

Firefighters alerted Tacoma police about a house fire Wednesday that someone appeared to start from the inside, according to Tacoma Fire.

The blaze started in the bedroom of a vacant two-story house about 12:45 p.m. in the 500 block of South 38th Street.

Crews arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the second story of the house, which was under renovation.

The estimated damage is $3,300.


Witness interviewed about Tacoma robbery later charged with the crime

From the catch-up file:

According to court records:

A Tacoma officer approached a car parked near a 7-Eleven May 10 that had just been robbed, and the man inside said he’d just seen someone wearing a cowboy hat run off with a green bag.

The man had been running like he’d committed a crime, he said with a Russian accent, which he dropped partway through the conversation with the officer.

He said he had family members in law enforcement in other parts of the country, and asked if he could leave.

The officer gave him the go

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