Two men were killed and a third was arrested early Wednesday after they stole beer from a convenience store and crashed their BMW as they fled, Tacoma police said.
The two men who died were identified as Walter Corey, 21, and James Paggeot, 22, both of Tacoma.
They and the third man entered the store at a service station in the 7200 block of McKinley Avenue about 12:30 a.m. and grabbed several 12-packs of beer, police said. A clerk chased them into the parking lot, where a brief confrontation broke out before the men fled in their car.
The clerk suffered minor injuries in the fight but was able to alert a nearby police officer to the robbery.
In the meantime, the driver lost control of the fleeing BMW about a mile from the convenience store and it drove off the road, striking a stop sign, police said. The car launched into the air and landed in a construction zone near East 64th and M streets.
Two of the men were thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. The third man had fled by the time officers arrived. He called police about 5 a.m. to turn himself in, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. He was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail.
Sonu Singh, who has worked as a cashier at the store for five years, heard about the robbery when he came to work Wednesday.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before in the last five years I’ve worked here,” Singh said. “We’re lucky the store had no damage.”
Staff writer Nicole Gaddie contributed to this report.