Lakewood man charged with assault after allegedly shooting at police

Staff writerJuly 9, 2013 

Pierce County prosecutors charged a 28-year-old Lakewood man Tuesday with first-degree assault for allegedly firing several shots at police officers dispatched to investigate a disturbance at his home.

A not guilty plea was entered in Superior Court on behalf of Thomas Lee Oyen, who reportedly is a military veteran with mental health problems related to his service, court records show. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Oyen jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The trouble started Monday when officers were dispatched to a property in the 6500 block of 146th Street Southwest after someone called 911 to report shots fired in the area.

One of the first officers on the scene talked to Oyen’s girlfriend, who told him her boyfriend had been discharged from the military in 2012 on disability. Oyen had been prescribed mental health medication but had not been taking it, the woman told the officer.

She said he’d been drinking moonshine earlier in the day Monday and was suicidal, court records show.

Not long after, another officer made an announcement over his patrol car’s loudspeaker to Oyen, who was holed up in a mobile home nearby, the records show. It was not reported what he said, but Oyen allegedly answered with a volley of five or six bullets. One officer at the scene “described the shots as having been aimed in the direction of the officers because he heard the bullets whiz past,” court records show.

A standoff ensued.

The ex-husband of Oyen’s girlfriend helped police negotiate with him, the records show. At one point, an officer overheard Oyen tell the man, to whom he was talking by phone, that  he had “shot at the pigs outside” because of the girlfriend.

He also said he had two ammunition magazines left and wanted the police to come in and get him, the records state.

He eventually came outside, threw his weapon into the grass and was subdued by police firing less-than-lethal shotgun rounds when he refused further commands. Oyen allegedly threatened officers and their families while being arrested and demanded to know why police hadn’t shot him, records state.

Police recovered a 9mm Glock handgun at the scene. An initial investigation revealed Oyen fired one shot from outside the mobile home and fired multiple others through the home’s walls while he hid inside, court records show.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644


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