Man booked into jail after SWAT standoff in Tacoma

Staff writerJanuary 17, 2014 

A man wanted for a host of crimes surrendered late Thursday after a SWAT team threw multiple pepper spray canisters into the Tacoma home where the man holed up for more than four hours.

No one was injured in the standoff, which unfolded inside a home in the 1500 block of South 35th Street.

The 29-year-old man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of burglary, attempted robbery, second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, bail jumping and three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Police had been looking for the man since Dec. 18 for an alleged home invasion robbery where a man was shot and critically injured. He had multiple warrants out for his arrest.

Officers learned about 4:30 p.m. Thursday that the man was at the house but it took until about 7 p.m. for them to verify that it was indeed the right man. A woman inside came out when SWAT surrounded the house but the man refused to communicate with law enforcement.

He answered a cell phone just after 11 p.m. and agreed to come outside after the SWAT team tossed pepper spray canisters inside the home.

After the man was taken into custody, a stolen gun was found inside a closet. Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the gun is believed to belong to the man, not the homeowner.

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