Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.
July 3: Getting out of a traffic-choked parking lot after a baseball game requires a certain serenity. The Tacoma man couldn’t find it within himself.
The dispatch call reported a disturbance at Cheney Stadium, where the Tacoma Rainiers had just wrapped up an 11-4 shelling of the Reno Aces.
A Tacoma officer drove to the scene, walked through the snarl and found a parked car with four people inside. The 37-year-old driver said the car behind them tried to cut in line, so he confronted the woman who was driving it.
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The man was “obviously intoxicated,” the police report states.
The officer spoke to the woman in the other car. Two boys who looked to be 10 years old sat in the back seat.
The woman was upset. She said she was trying to get out of the lot when the man in the other car jumped out and attacked her. She said she didn’t know why. The man had kicked at her car and broken the mirror on the passenger door.
The officer walked to the other car and told the man to get out. He was unsteady. The officer had to give him a hand to keep him from falling.
The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of destruction of property.
July 2: The puffs of smoke were too big to ignore. The Tacoma officer, heading toward southbound Interstate 5 from South 38th Street, started looking for the source.
He found a man tending a campfire under a Douglas fir with low-hanging limbs.
The flames were shooting upward, too close to the branches. The man, 35, said he was burning some papers.
The officer noted the dry, brittle grass surrounding the spot, and called Tacoma firefighters to extinguish the blaze. He asked the man for his name.
The man wouldn’t give it. He started walking away. The officer told him to stop, and called for backup. Other officers responded. Soon, the man was cuffed.
The man finally gave a name that didn’t match available records. At the Pierce County Jail, he gave a different name that drew a hit: the man had an active arrest warrant from the state Department of Corrections. He was booked on the warrant and suspicion of reckless burning.
June 30: The neighbors reported an explosion— some sort of firework that was way past legal. Callers also reported a man in his 20s walking away from the scene, wearing dark clothing.
A Tacoma officer drove to the 6600 block of South Lawrence Street and scouted the area. Before long, he spotted a man in a black hooded sweatshirt and shorts, carrying a black backpack.
The officer rolled up to the man and asked if he’d heard any fireworks in the past few minutes. As the man turned, the officer recognized his face. The man, 25, had multiple felony warrants tied to unlawful gun possession and drugs.
The officer called for backup, stepped out of his patrol car, and asked the man where he was going while requesting his identification.
The man said he didn’t have any ID on him. He kept walking. The officer said he knew the man’s name.
“No, you don’t know me,” the man said. “My name is Buck.”
The officer said that was partly true — Buck was the man’s middle name, but his first name was attached to arrest warrants, and he wasn’t free to go.
The man didn’t agree. He started to move away. The officer snagged his elbow. After a short struggle, the man was on the ground, cuffed with the assistance of other officers.
The officer told the man he was under arrest for the warrants, along with resisting arrest. Why did he run?
“Man, you know I had to try to get away,” the man said. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail.