Fife police arrest car theft suspect at gunpoint

Staff writerNovember 14, 2013 

A 25-year-old Puyallup man was arrested at gunpoint about 10 a.m. near the 6600 block of 20th Street East when an officer noticed the Acura he was driving had been reported stolen, Fife police Lt. Tom Thompson said.

An officer driving behind the man ran the license plate of the car, per procedure, and learned it had been reported stolen out of Tacoma, Thompson said.

The officer followed the suspect, and saw he had pulled over, exited the vehicle and was walking away, into a treed area nearby, Thompson said.

Holding the suspect at gunpoint was procedure, given that a felony crime was in progress, Thompson said.

"He can't see his hands," Thompson said. "He doesn't know what the guy has."

Officers searching after the arrest found a stolen handgun in the wooded area, and methamphetamine nearby, Thompson said.

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