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Homicide in Spanaway

At 08:09 pm on Monday May 23, our South Sound 911 dispatch received a call about shots being fired at a home at the 1000 block of Military Rd E in Spanaway. At 8:26 pm the caller called in and said they could see a body in a truck in front of the residence where they heard the shots being fired.


Deputies responded to the residence and saw the homeowner/suspect inside the driver side of the pickup truck. As Deputies were approaching the suspect entered his home.  Deputies called out to the man and he came outside and surrendered. Deputies located a male victim of apparent gunshot wounds inside the truck. Deputies removed the man from the truck and rendered first aid. Central Pierce Fire was called to the scene and the victim was pronounced deceased.


Detectives were able to learn that the dispute started when the suspect had called for a plumber and when the plumber arrived the suspect accused him of hitting his gate. The 40 year old victim was shot while sitting in the driver seat of the vehicle. After the shooting the suspect took guns to a neighbor’s home and asked them to hold them for him.


Six firearms were recovered from the neighbors residence.  The suspect, a 55 year old male was booked into the Pierce County Jail for Murder in the 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Tampering with evidence.