Crime

Walmart robber kills himself after being fired at by Pierce County deputies

An armed robber who held up a Walmart early Monday and drew fire from responding Pierce County sheriff’s deputies later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bradley Barboza, 30, was wearing camouflage and carrying a gun when he walked into the store about 1:50 a.m. and demanded money from multiple cashiers.

After being given cash, Barboza wandered around inside the store and even stopped to grab a pizza, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Customers and employees called 911 to report what was happening, and deputies responded immediately to the 20300 block of Mountain Highway East.

Barboza was walking out the west entrance of the store when the first deputy arrived. He allegedly refused to show his hands.

He charged at the deputy, who shot at him before Barboza ran away, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

At least one other deputy fired at Barboza as he fled.

Shortly afterward, Barboza was found dead in a wooded area next to a nearby gas station. Initial reports were Barboza was killed by gunfire from the deputies. Monday afternoon, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office listed his cause of death as a gunshot wound and the manner as suicide.

Barboza was still clutching a gun and had cash from the Walmart stuffed in his pockets when his body was discovered.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

The deputies who fired at Barboza were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

Stacia Glenn; 253-597-8653
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