Suspect in Spanaway standoff found dead

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 9:10 PM

SPANAWAY, Wash. -- A man who exchanged gunfire with Pierce County sheriff's deputies at a storage facility in Spanaway, shooting one deputy in the arm, has died, a sheriff's spokesman has confirmed.

The deputy's injuries are non-life threatening.

The incident began at a storage facility near 217th and Mountain Highway around 4:30 p.m. in Spanaway, about 12 miles south of Tacoma.

The sheriff's office says they received multiple calls from concerned residents and family members of a 27-year-old man who possibly had mental health issues.

When deputies arrived at the storage facility, the man reportedly opened one of the storage units and started shooting at deputies. During the exchange of gunfire, a deputy was shot in the arm. Deputies said the suspect then closed the door to the storage unit.

Deputies believed the suspect was heavily armed with several high-powered rifles inside the unit, so they set up a perimeter around the storage facility while they brought  in more tactical crews units to the scene.

A short time later, a spokesperson confirmed the suspect had died. It was unclear if he had been shot or if he died from a self-inflicted wound.

The injured deputy was treated at a hospital and has been released.


 

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