Deputies shoot fugitive in Buckley

Staff writerAugust 22, 2013 

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 9mm 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 has threatened to shoot it out with law enforcement if caught. It’s unclear if he was armed Thursday morning.

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