A 67-year-old man who allegedly had been firing a gun into neighbors’ homes was taken into custody in the Fife Heights area near Tacoma Tuesday night after a standoff of several hours with Pierce County sheriff’s deputies.
Just before 9 p.m. sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer tweeted: “Suspect in custody excellent job … No one hurt or killed … ”
Initial calls for help Tuesday afternoon reported that the man was walking through the neighborhood indiscriminately firing gunshots at homes, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.
He not only fired at multiple residences, he also pointed the gun at people nearby, but did not fire, Troyer told The News Tribune.
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What police termed “a very dangerous situation” brought a warning to residents in the neighborhood of the 5800 block of 13th Street Court Northeast to stay indoors. Several residents were unable to get to their homes for hours.
In the early evening, Troyer reported that officers had located three people who had taken cover in a garage to escape the earlier shots. They were not hurt.
Eventually the man entered his own home, after which deputies spent hours trying to talk him into surrendering. It was believed he had multiple firearms. Several canisters of tear gas were pumped into the home before the man finally surrendered.
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.