UPDATE: 11:07 p.m. | A 28-year-old fugitive wanted for a home-invasion robbery and shooting was shot and injured by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning at a Buckley motel.
The shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. at a motel on West Main Street.
Justin Linn, who was wanted for a July 27 home-invasion robbery and shooting in Spanaway, allegedly threatened a family in Buckley that was going to testify against him in the case, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
“He threatened to kill a family up here who, we believe, were witnesses against him” in the home invasion, Troyer said.
Because of the threats, deputies had increased patrols in Buckley. A deputy passing the motel Thursday morning spotted Linn in the parking lot. Linn did not obey the deputy’s commands and attempted to flee on foot.
The deputy fired at Linn, injuring him. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital and is expected to survive.
Deputies served a search warrant on Linn’s motel room later in the day, and found a loaded 9-mm pistol, Troyer said.
He said Linn has 13 previous felony convictions.
In the home-invasion case, two women first entered the home in the 900 block of 144th Street Court South and were quickly followed by two masked gunmen who forced the victim into her bedroom.
A struggle ensued and one of the intruders shot the victim in the chest. Both female suspects were arrested. Linn was listed as a suspect shortly afterward.
Since last month’s shooting, Linn led them on two separate high-speed pursuits. The last one took place Sunday on the Key Peninsula.
Troyer said Linn had threatened to shoot it out with law enforcement if caught. It’s unclear if he was armed Thursday morning.
– The Tacoma News Tribune
Two men wearing masks and carrying guns entered the house on 144th Street Court South with two women on the morning of July 27, a law-enforcement news release said. They forced their way into the victim’s bedroom, and during a struggle one of the men shot the victim in the chest, the release said. The group drove off in a dark green vehicle. The two women have been found and arrested, and deputies are searching for the men, one of whom has been identified.
That suspect has avoided arrest twice now, authorities say. Deputies chased him on foot on Aug. 18 and found a firearm he dropped. In their news release, deputies say the man has made several threats “to shoot it out with law enforcement and to seriously injure witnesses and civilians.”
Deputies said the intruders were acquaintances of the victim.