Crime

Warrants issued for Tacoma couple in drive-by shooting

Warrants have been issued for a Tacoma couple accused of firing more than a dozen shots at a stolen car they were chasing through the city.

Justin Davis, 26, and Angela Radford, 37, were arrested after the Nov. 17 shooting. They were released from jail because Pierce County prosecutors did not immediately file charges.

On Monday, prosecutors charged Davis and Radford with charges of drive-by shooting, three counts of first-degree assault with a firearm-sentencing enhancement and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The incident started after someone stole a Toyota Camry belonging to Davis’ aunt. Police and charging documents gave this account of what happened later:

Shortly after reporting the car stolen Nov. 17, Davis spotted the car driving by and gave chase. Radford was driving her car with Davis in the passenger seat.

Several people called 911 to report seeing the chase and hearing gunshots.

The pursuit started near South 80th and Hosmer streets and ended in an apartment complex on South 84th Street after the thieves abandoned the Camry.

Officers secured the stolen car and about a half hour later stopped Radford’s car as the couple and Radford’s teenage son went for fast food. Davis ran from police but was taken into custody after he slipped.

In Radford’s car, police found various kinds of ammunition and two semi-automatic pistols allegedly stolen in residential burglaries last fall.

One of the bullets in the car had Davis’ fingerprint on it and matched the 11 casings found at the shooting scene.

At the time of the gunfire Davis was on community custody with the state Department of Corrections. He has five felony convictions for trafficking cocaine, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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