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November 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Home invasion becomes rolling gun battle in Pierce County

The Associated Press

TACOMA — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman said at least one person was shot and wounded in a gun battle after a home-invasion robbery targeted the owner of a marijuana dispensary.

The News Tribune reports that two armed men followed the dispensary owner home Tuesday afternoon to a house in Midland and forced their way in. After a scuffle, the resident was pistol-whipped and tied up. When his girlfriend arrived, she was tied up as well.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the robbers took off in an SUV they drove to the home and in a second SUV they stole from the residence.

As they drove away, a man Troyer describes as a friend of the homeowner arrived and chased the stolen SUV, exchanging gunshots with the fleeing robbers.

The friend was shot and wounded in what Troyer describes as “a rolling gun battle.” That man’s condition was not known Tuesday night.

The robbers fled, but Troyer says it’s possible they also might have been wounded in the gun battle.

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