Crime

Two arrested after shoplifting plan ends in gunshots, police say

Three King County teenagers came to Puyallup on Tuesday to rip off stores in the South Hill Mall, according to police.

“It doesn’t appear they succeeded in that,” police spokesman Scott Engle said Wednesday.

Two of the teens did succeed in getting arrested, however, after one of them, a 15-year-old girl, fired a stolen pistol while angry at another, an 18-year-old man, Engle said.

Two bullets ended up in the front of a nearby business.

The man then ran from police responding to the call of shots fired about 8:10 p.m. in the 4200 block of South Meridian.

Police caught him a few blocks away, when he ran into a retention pond, Engle said. The Renton man was booked into the Puyallup jail on suspicion of obstructing justice.

The 15-year-old girl, from Kent, was arrested and taken to the Remann Hall juvenile detention center in Tacoma.

She was held on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm, second-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and making a false statement to a public servant.

The third teen, a 16-year-old from Seattle, was released to her parents.

“The whole incident is rather unusual,” Engle said. “Thank goodness nobody was struck when the 15-year-old began firing the weapon.”

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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