Crime

Fircrest father holding young son allegedly fired gun in home

A Fircrest father fired several shots inside his home Thursday because he believed he was protecting his 2-year-old son.

Neighbors in the 6400 block of 19th Street West called 911 about 9:45 p.m. to report gunshots.

When police arrived, they found an armed 40-year-old man standing in the driveway holding his young son. Officers arrested the man at gunpoint and turned the boy over to Child Protective Services.

“The suspect said he was shooting up his apartment because people were trying to get at his son to have sex with his son,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday.

Police searched the man’s home and said they found multiple bullet holes in the floor and ceiling. The home also reportedly reeked of gunpowder.

A search turned up a pipe bomb, two rifles, two handguns, a gas mask and hazardous materials suit, materials to make a bomb, marijuana and suspected methamphetamine.

A bomb squad was called to safely dispose of the explosive.

The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of reckless endangerment, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an incendiary device.

Prosecutors will decide next week whether to press charges.

Detectives do not believe there was a real threat to the man’s son.

“This is obviously someone who has some paranoia issues,” Troyer said. “We’re lucky this is all that happened.”

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