Man who died in Spanaway standoff identified

Staff writerDecember 4, 2013 

A man who died Tuesday after a SWAT standoff at a storage unit in Spanaway has been identified as Chase Houston.

Houston threatened to kill people at the unit about 3:30 p.m. and a SWAT team was sent to the 21600 block of Mountain Highway East, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives have not released details about the incident.

Houston, 30, fired at deputies after barricading himself inside the unit, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Deputies returned fire.

A deputy was struck in the arm after his body armor deflected one of Houston’s shots. He is expected to survive.The deputy has not been identified.

When the SWAT team entered the storage unit about 5:30 p.m., they found Houston dead of an apparent gunshot wound. It's unclear whether it was one of the deputies' bullets or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An autopsy is being done this morning to determine the cause of death. It was not immediately clear how many deputies returned fire.

Troyer said Houston had apparently been staying inside the storage unit, where he had several guns and body armor.

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