UPDATED, 10:30 a.m. | Police say a man found dead Tuesday night outside a Federal Way apartment complex may be one of the suspects from a home invasion robbery earlier Tuesday in Lakewood.
Police said Wednesday the body apparently was intentionally left in the parking lot of the Club Palisades Apartments.
A woman who thought she heard a shot reported she saw the body as a car drove off.
A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says 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 says the robbers took off in an SUV they drove to the home and 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.
Late Tuesday night, Pierce County officials said both SUVs had been found abandoned.