March 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM
UPDATE: Tacoma-area gunman in custody after hours-long standoff
UPDATE AT 8:50 P.M.: The suspect is now in custody, according to sheriff’s department spokesman Ed Troyer. No people or pets were injured by the end of the standoff, he said.
UPDATE AT 6:07 p.m.: The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that police are negotiating with the gunman, trying to get him to leave his home and surrender. The 67-year-old man fired at multiple residences, and pointed the gun at people nearby, but did not fire, Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, tells the News Tribune.
UPDATE AT 4:59 P.M.: The sheriff’s office now says the incident is happening in an area known as Fife Heights, not Browns Point.
UPDATE AT 4:35 P.M.: The sheriff’s office says they have cornered the gunman in a home. He is believed to be armed with multiple firearms and is refusing to come out or to put down his weapons. The sheriff’s SWAT team is on the way.
ORIGINAL POST: The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says a man is walking through a neighborhood in the Browns Point area near Tacoma indiscriminately firing gunshots at homes. It’s not known whether there are any victims.
Deputies are on their way to the 5800 block of 13th Street Court Northeast. They’re advising residents to stay indoors.
“This is a very dangerous situation,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
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