UPDATE, 5:48 p.m. | Investigators believe the man found dead in his front yard may have interrupted a garage burglary in his home before his death, according to the Orting Police Department. Michael Compton, 51, died of injures from a gunshot wound, police said. He may have engaged in a struglgle with the suspect or suspects,…More
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A federal jury has found that a Lakewood police officer and his K-9 partner did not violate the civil rights of a domestic-abuse suspect whose leg was mangled during his arrest.
The verdict came after an eight-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma, who earlier had found there was enough evidence that Officer James Syler had used excessive force when he deployed his dog, Astor, to apprehend Noel Saldana after Saldana’s wife had called the police in June 2010. The judge also said a jury should consider whether the city deserves to be held liable for not properly monitoring and training the dog team, since Astor had been involved in several other serious bite incidents.
Lakewood argued that Syler was responding to a report of a crime and, based on statement’s by Saldana’s wife, believed he had good reason to make the arrest.
In court documents and in an interview earlier this year with The Seattle Times, the 27-year-old Saldana admitted he was intoxicated when he went to his estranged wife’s house and forced his way in, wanting to say good night to his children. Mrs. Saldana was not injured, but she called the police after he left, and the officers determined they had cause to arrest him for residential burglary. Mrs. Saldana was a plaintiff in the lawsuit as well.
Saldana said he was urinating in some bushes several blocks away when he heard a “loud voice telling me to get down.”
“I did exactly as I was told,” he said, but Astor tore into his leg.More
UPDATE 8:10 p.m. | Lakewood police say the 32-year-old boyfriend was arrested this evening in the death this morning of the 33-year-old woman. In a news release, police say it is likely the man will be arraigned Thursday afternoon. ORIGINAL POST | Lakewood police are investigating an apparent homicide in Lakewood, Pierce County, this morning. Details are scarce,…More
UPDATE AT 4:08 P.M.: Duke has been found safe. The dog wandered into a lady’s backyard and she recognized him from the media coverage and called him by his name and he responded, police said. He is in good health and back with his handler. ORIGINAL POST: Lakewood police say that “Duke,” a department narcotics dog, escaped from his handler’s…More
Post updated at 11:30 p.m. with new details and to indicate suspect’s condition not known. Lakewood Police shot a man Sunday night after he fired on officers, police said. The incident began at about 9:49 p.m., when two police officers in a patrol car got into a pursuit of a suspected stolen car at Gravelly Lake Drive and Interstate…More
The families of two Lakewood police officers who were killed by Maurice Clemmons in November 2009 have each reached settlements with the state Department of Corrections. The families of Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officer Gregory Richards will each receive a $5 million payout, said Jack Connelly, who heads Connelly Law Offices in Tacoma. On Nov. 29, 2009,…More
Police today shot a man who was holding a woman hostage inside a credit union in the Pierce County community of Lakewood, south of Tacoma. No one else was harmed, said Lt. Jeff Alwine, of the Lakewood Police Department. The man and woman were involved in some kind of domestic dispute, he added. “There is no…More
LaTanya Clemmons, sister of the man who killed four Lakewood police officers, was transferred from prison to a Seattle Capitol Hill work-release facility in preparation for her release from prison, despite spending less than two years of her five-year sentence. Although she was sentenced to five years in June 2010 Clemmons is eligible for release on…More
Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Tacoma woman with two felonies for allegedly allowing two teens to have sex for money in her home. Charging documents say Jacqueline Nicole Carr was at home, cooking, with her two young sons on Monday when an undercover officer arrived at the apartment. The officer had arranged to meet…More
Authorities have arrested five people suspected of being part of a organized scheme to steal high-value cars, police announced Thursday evening. The operation resulted from an investigation by members of Pierce County’s Auto Crime Enforcement Task Force which found that new model vehicles were being stolen from auto dealers up and down the I-5 corridor from Vancouver…More