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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.
April 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM
A 10-year-old Spanaway boy was struck and killed by a pickup this evening while riding his bicycle, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.
The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, rode in front of the truck as he left a friend’s driveway at about 6:45 p.m. on the 1550 block of 66th Avenue East, said Sheriff’s department spokesman Ed Troyer.
Troyer said the 64-year-old man driving the pickup slammed on his breaks before striking the boy, and was not impaired at the time of the accident. He said the child was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where he was declared dead.
The boy was a 5th grader on spring break from Naches Trail Elementary.
March 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM
The Associated Press
TACOMA — The man accused of killing his wife at a Tacoma motel and then asking a Seattle TV station to post his confession on Facebook has been charged with first-degree murder.
The News Tribune reports that a Superior Court commissioner entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 41-year-old Tony Barrett of Spanaway at his arraignment Monday.
Bail was set at $2 million with Barrett’s next court appearance scheduled April 25.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Barrett knew his 42-year-old estranged wife, Sara, had filed for divorce earlier this month.
The Medical Examiner’s Office says she was fatally smothered on March 13. Prosecutors allege Barrett picked his wife up from her workplace and took her to a Tacoma motel, where her body was later found.
Lindquist says Tony Barrett called KOMO-TV after the killing to confess, asking the station to post the information on its Facebook page. The station called police.
Barrett was arrested early March 14 after a high-speed chase and struggle with police. The prosecutor says the man spent several days hospitalized for treatment of K-9 bite wounds and an over-the-counter drug overdose.
February 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM
Pierce County deputies are looking for a man who punched and kicked another man’s face so hard in Spanaway this week that the victim will need facial-reconstructive surgery.
The 46-year-old victim accidentally cut off the suspect as he exited a 7-Eleven in Spanaway around 4:10 p.m. on Monday, according to the victim’s son. The suspect, driving a dark green or gray sedan that looked like a Ford or Chevrolet, then tailgated the 46-year-old until both pulled over on the 17900 block of Pacific Avenue South.
The man who cut the suspect off apologized with his arms up and said the offense was unintentional, according to his son, but the suspect dragged him behind his car and proceeded to punch and kick the man’s face repeatedly. A witness who tried to intervene in the beating was also punched before the suspect fled in a car that had a light-skinned female passenger inside.
The victim’s son said the suspect broke so many bones in his father’s face that he will undergo facial-reconstruction surgery Friday. He described his father as a kind, non-violent man who loves his two grandchildren.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, about 5-foot-8, slender build, with short black hair, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of the beating, he wore a green and brown fleece jacket.
Anyone with information that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward if they call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. According to the victim’s son, the reward amount is up to $2,250 and may go higher. Callers can remain anonymous.
January 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM
The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff
One of the nine people killed in the crash of a tour bus in Oregon has been identified as a Spanaway man.
Oregon State Police say Dale W. Osborn, 57, died in the crash of the bus that went over a 200-foot embankment after skidding on the icy surface of a rural road in Oregon Sunday.
Osborn’s wife, Darlene Osborn, was injured and is in the hospital.
Crash survivors were retrieving their passports and other belongings today so they can finish their journey to Canada.
State police officers escorted some survivors one-by-one Tuesday to collect their property, which was strewn across a hillside as the tour bus careened down the embankment.
The Red Cross said many of the survivors are too scared to get on another bus, so a nearby car dealer offered to drive them in smaller passenger vehicles. Some were expected to begin the trip on Wednesday.
At least 14 survivors remained hospitalized in three states Tuesday after the weekend crash that killed nine and injured 38 others.
State police and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were expected to finish an inspection of the bus Tuesday.
September 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM
A 21-month-old boy drowned in Spanaway Lake Tuesday evening, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The toddler had ventured from his lakeside home on the 17100 block of 6th Avenue Court South before falling in the lake, according to department spokesman Ed Troyer. The boy’s 9-year-old brother found him and called for the help of neighbors and family who tried to resuscitate him.
When deputies arrived around 7:15 p.m., they also helped administer CPR until medical personnel transported him to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, where the boy died about an hour later.
The sheriff’s department did not release information about whether any barriers exist between the house and the lake.
August 31, 2012 at 8:23 AM
A woman in her late teens or early 20s was killed in Spanaway this morning after a pickup truck loaded with young adults crashed into a chain-link fence and trees. Pierce County sheriff’s investigators say alcohol was involved.
The woman, whose identity has not been released, was one of seven people riding in a half-ton pickup, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Mike Blair. Deputies found empty beer cans in the vehicle, Blair added.
Deputies were called to the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East about 5:45 a.m. after reports of the crash. Blair said it appears the truck was speeding when the driver lost control. The vehicle crashed through the trees and fence and rolled over at least twice before coming to a stop in the residential neighborhood, Blair said.
Six young adults, ages 19 to 22, were hospitalized, Blair said. Three people were in the cab; the four others were riding in the truck bed.
Blair said the road is closed while deputies investigate.
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.
July 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM
A Spanaway man suspected of murdering his ex-wife last month was found dead today near his mother-in-law’s house in Kirkland, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives believe he committed suicide.
Scott Kagawa’s car was found July 2 with a six-page handwritten suicide note, but his body was not discovered until today when landscapers discovered his remains outside an apartment complex.
After detectives interviewed Kagawa about the murder of his ex-wife Rita Kagawa, he disappeared. Her body was found June 26 alongside Route 510 near Yelm, Thurston County.
“Once he was charged with homicide, I think he knew that was it,” said Sgt. Ed Troyer, a department spokesman.
June 7, 2012 at 5:48 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 7:55 a.m. | SPANAWAY, Pierce County — Pierce County deputies shot and killed a man they say rammed their patrol car with a stolen pickup truck at Spanaway.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the deputies spotted the truck about 1 a.m. Thursday spinning around and smoking tires. A license check showed the truck had been stolen Wednesday in University Place.
When they attempted to stop the truck, Troyer says it rammed the patrol car twice. Troyer says as the driver attempted to ram the patrol car a third time the deputies got out and fired their guns. The truck crashed into a utility pole. The 31-year-old man was declared dead at a hospital.
The News Tribune reports representatives from the Pierce County prosecutor’s office responded to the scene, standard procedure in deadly officer-involved shootings.
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