A security guard making his rounds early Wednesday was shot by a transient who took the guard’s gun away from him, Tacoma police said.
The shooting happened about 4 a.m. behind a business in the 3100 block of South Tacoma Way. The incident temporarily stopped all southbound Sound Transit trains at the nearby station while detectives processed the scene.
The guard, who has worked for Pierce County Security for six years, was patrolling the area when he came across a homeless man sleeping, police said.
After the guard woke the transient up, a confrontation ensued.
“The transient took the gun away from him and fired a few rounds, one of them hitting the security guard in the arm,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The transient ran away with the gun and the security guard called 911. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for the gunshot wound, which was described as minor.
“He’s always done a very good job and were obviously glad to see his injuries are not life-threatening,” said Troy Weller, vice president of Pierce County Security.
Officers found the transient nearby and arrested him.
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