Topic: Pierce County Sheriff’s Office
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August 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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.
October 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM
The 19-year-old foster son of a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge for having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the News Tribune.
A judge sentenced Zachary Troyer to 10 days of electronic home monitoring and 40 hours of community service for the fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation charge, according to the paper. The girl allowed Troyer into her home several times in March while her parents slept, until one night the girl’s mother found him in the house and called 911, the paper reported.
Troyer was initially charged with third-degree child rape and third-degree child molestation. It is illegal for adults 18 or older in the state of Washington to have sex with a person between 14 and 16 if they are at least four years older than the victim.
Troyer was raised by Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer.
“As foster parents we have raised seven kids through foster care, including Zach, who we got when he was 5 years old,” Troyer told the News Tribune when charges were initially filed. “All were taken out of abusive situations.”
Because Troyer’s father works for Pierce County, the case was prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s Office to avoid conflict of interest.
August 29, 2012 at 6:44 AM
UPDATE AT 10:53 A.M.:
The Associated Press and Times staff
The Pierce County sheriff’s office says financial problems and marital issues apparently led a man to kill his wife and daughter overnight at their home in Spanaway.
Capt. Ed Smith says 40-year-old Dean Holmes walked into the jail in Tacoma before 5 a.m. Wednesday and confessed to shooting his wife Kristi, 41, and 11-year-old daughter Violet.
Deputies went to the home in the 15500 block of 20th Avenue Court East and found the bodies, then backed out to obtain a search warrant before looking for evidence.
Holmes has been booked into the Pierce County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder and is expected to make his first court appearance tomorrow.
ORIGINAL POST: A man walked into the Pierce County Jail this morning and told authorities he had shot his wife and child in Spanaway, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and detectives have gone to the man’s residence in 15500 block of 20th Avenue Court East in Spanaway.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, showed up at the jail about 4:45 this morning.
KING5 says deputies forced their into the home and found a woman and child dead in the same bed.
More information will be provided as soon as it is available.
May 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Two men who died from “homicidal violence” were found in a South Hill home on Monday morning, according to the spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
The spokesman, Ed Troyer, said the bodies were discovered by the father of one of the two men who then called 911 at 8:45 a.m.
The residence is in the 9400 block of 175th Street Court East.
The two men are in their 20s and 30s. They weren’t immediately identified.
Troyer said detectives have just begun their investigation. “We don’t what it is,” he said. “We don’t know if it’s a homicide/suicide or double homicide.”
April 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM
A Buckley woman was charged today with first-degree child assault after authorities say she repeatedly put bleach into her young daughter’s eyes.
Jennifer Lynn Mothershead, 29, was booked into the Pierce County Jail on Friday. She is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The abuse was suspected by doctors at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital after the girl, who was then 14 months old, was airlifted to Harborview on May 12, 2011. The child was hospitalized for a brain injury, and doctors found “bruising and an eye infection that was concerning,” Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Grant Blinn wrote in charges.
The girl might be permanently blinded, charges said.
She was removed from her mother’s custody last year. Now 2 years old, she lives with her father. The couple are separated, authorities said.
When asked last year about the eye infection, Mothershead said the girl’s eyes had been swollen shut for about four weeks and that the child slept almost 22 hours each day, according to charges. She believed the girl had “a corneal abrasion” caused by playing in a barn. Mothershead told investigators she had antibiotics and eye drops for the girl and that the child fought her when she put them in her eyes, so much so that she needed to have the child ”swaddled,” prosecutors said.
When hospital staff opened the medications, a “noxious odor filled the room” and staff complained of burning eyes and mild nausea, charges said. The case detective smelled the medication and noticed a strong chemical odor, and her eyes began watering. A laboratory test revealed bleach in the drops, charges said.
Blinn, the prosecutor, said the case took almost a year to charge because of the need for laboratory work and an investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
“The motive isn’t 100 percent clear yet. Detectives are continuing to investigate,” Blinn said.
April 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM
The son of Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer has been charged with third-degree child rape and third-degree child molestation for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the News Tribune of Tacoma.
Zachary Thomas Troyer, 19, has been summoned to Pierce County Superior Court on May 10 to answer to the felony charges, the newspaper is reporting.
The case was investigated by Tacoma police and sent to the state Attorney General’s Office, which filed the charges Wednesday.
The girl allegedly let Zachary Troyer into her home on numerous occasions last month after her parents were asleep, court records show.
According to the News Tribune, Troyer issued the following statement:
“As foster parents we have raised seven kids through foster care, including Zach, who we got when he was 5 years old,” Troyer said. “All were taken out of abusive situations.
“Zach currently lives on his own. I would expect him to be treated the same as other 19-year-olds facing similar allegations of consensual sexual activity, and I’m confident the truth will come out.”
February 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM
The News Tribune
The home Josh Powell showed to authorities was nothing but a sham.
He did not live there. He did not keep his important things there.
And when he found he could not keep his children there he decided to blow it up.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives told that to Graham and South Hill residents Monday evening at a public meeting at the Graham Fire & Rescue.
Read the complete story here.
February 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM
A search has resumed at a recycling center near Puyallup for papers that Josh Powell is believed to have dumped before he killed himself and his two sons in a house fire last week, according to the Pierce County sheriff’s office.
Powell was the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell. He attacked his 5- and 7-year-old sons with a hatchet last Sunday and then ignited the house in a gas-fueled inferno.
Some investigators have called the act an admission of guilt in his wife’s death, but they’re still looking for evidence on that front. They also located a storage locker where Powell had stashed a comforter that tested positive for the presence of blood in an initial test. Further lab tests are pending.
Detective Ed Troyer says the search is expected to last all day Sunday, accordiing to The Associated Press.
February 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM
A man armed with an ax fought with Pierce County deputies Monday morning and stole a patrol car for a brief time.
Deputies chased him for about two miles before he crashed near Puyallup on Canyon Road. They subdued him with a Taser.
Sgt. Ed Troyer told KOMO News the man appeared to be on drugs.
Deputies had responded to a report of a disturbance when they got into a fight with the man. He used the ax to break a window on the patrol car and drive off.
Troyer says a few cars were sideswiped in the chase but no one was seriously hurt.
February 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM
Pierce County sheriff’s deputies say they believe Josh Powell, the husband of a Utah woman who has been missing since 2009, and their two young boys were killed in a home explosion in Graham on Sunday afternoon.
A case worker dropped the boys off at Powell’s home for a visitation.
The case worker ”was forced out, and an explosion happened shortly thereafter,” said Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
Troyer said all three bodies had been recovered, but their identities have not yet been confirmed. Troyer said the sheriff’s office is treating the explosion as an intentional act.
The house, at 8119 189th St. Court East, is considered unstable, but the flames are out, and no other nearby properties are in danger. Troyer said.
Powell has been a person of interest in the investigation into his wife’s disappearance but has not been arrested or charged in the case.There is not points to locate on the map
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