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Family dispute and standoff shuts down several South Tacoma streets before ending peacefully

Family fight leads to police shutdown of South Tacoma streets

Tacoma police surround a house on South 74th Street in Tacoma Saturday evening as they negotiate with a man who earlier had made threats against his family.
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Tacoma police surround a house on South 74th Street in Tacoma Saturday evening as they negotiate with a man who earlier had made threats against his family.

A family dispute led Tacoma police to shut down several streets in South Tacoma on Saturday as they negotiated with a man holed up with guns in a home.

“The son made threats to kill family members and retreated into the house where he’s known to have weapons,” Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The incident ended peacefully around 7 p.m.

Tacoma police were called to the house in the 3200 block of South 74th Street just after 1 p.m. Saturday. The 30-year-old man had been in a dispute with his family members, Cool said.

The man refused to leave the residence. He was the sole occupant.

The Tacoma police SWAT team and its crisis negotiators were called to the scene, Cool said.

Police shut down South 74th Street from the 3000 to 3400 blocks. South Montgomery Street was also closed from South 72nd to South 74th Streets.

Eventually, Tacoma police fired a gas device into the residence. The man came out shortly thereafter with his hands in the air, Cool said.

He was arrested on charges of making threats with a weapon and taken to the Pierce County jail.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.

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