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December 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tacoma standoff ends with suspect’s arrest

The Associated Press

TACOMA — A standoff in Tacoma ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of a man described as a career criminal wanted by police and the Washington State Patrol for multiple car thefts and other crimes including a home invasion.

A SWAT team that surrounded the home for several hours fired tear gas before taking the man into custody.

KOMO reports five other people came out of the home voluntarily when the standoff began. Three of them were arrested on outstanding warrants.

The SWAT team first tried to arrest the wanted man Friday morning at an apartment complex in Tacoma, but a fire broke out and he got away.

Authorities are investigating whether the fire was set to distract police.

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