Pierce County deputies shoot homicide suspect after he fires at them in apartment building

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a homicide suspect early Wednesday after the man allegedly fired a single round at them.

The incidents started about 2 a.m. at the Woodmark apartments, 2425 96th St. S., when deputies responded to a call about a fight and shots fired.

They found a 23-year-old man dead, identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner as Marlon Williams.

Witnesses told detectives the shooter had white supremacy tattoos and a goatee.

About an hour later, residents in the Drake apartments, 2220 97th St. S., called 911 to report a suspicious man lurking in the hallway and knocking on doors.

The description matched the shooter.

“We think he was trying to find somewhere to hide,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Two deputies went to the building and found the suspicious man in the hallway.

“The suspect pulled out a semi-automatic weapon, raised it and fired a round at the deputies,” Troyer said.

Both deputies returned fire. The 21-year-old man was killed. No one else was hurt. The Medical Examiner did not immediately release his name Wednesday.

Both deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

Troyer said the man killed by deputies is a convicted felon from Gig Harbor.

The initial shooting likely was over drugs, he said.