SEATTLE – Tacoma Police on Monday arrested a Department of Corrections officer near a school after a brief standoff.
Tacoma Police received a call from Skyline Elementary school at 2301 N. Mildred St. around 9:15 a.m. Monday, reporting that a woman was injured in a fight with a man. Police Spokesman Mark Fulghum said the two were dropping off a child at the school. The man left with a young girl still in the car; he later dropped the girl off with relatives.
Police spotted the man as he was headed back toward the school. Officers chased him to a dead end at N. 10th Street and N. Skyline Drive where a standoff ensued. After talking with negotiators, the man gave himself up. A gun was found in his car.
Skyline Elementary was placed in modified lockdown until the suspect was captured.
Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis later confirmed the suspect works at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton and that his brother called around 6 a.m. to report the suspect was “armed and dangerous” and might return to the prison. The prison was placed into lockdown, but the suspect never showed up.
The suspect’s name was not immediately released.
The condition of the woman injured in the initial fight was not released.