Transient charged in shooting of security guard in Tacoma

Pierce County prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against a transient accused of shooting a security guard in the arm at a Tacoma loading dock.

Clifford Wilson, 36, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. He was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Police were called just before 4 a.m. Wednesday to the 3000 block of South Tacoma Way by a security guard who reported he’d been shot with his own gun.

Officers arrested Wilson nearby and he immediately told them he had a gun in his waistband, according to charging papers. The gun later was verified to be the guard’s.

“That security guard was harassing me and wanted to pull his gun and I had to take it from him,” Wilson told police, according to charging papers that gave this account:

Wilson said he was trying to sleep when the guard harassed him. He took the guard’s gun because he believed the guard wanted to kill him because the guard kept his hand on his holster.

The guard said he was doing his rounds when he saw Wilson sleeping on a loading dock and woke him up to tell him he had to leave.

The men argued and Wilson tackled the guard, hit him several times in the face and bit his finger. He then took the guard’s gun, backed up 12 feet and fired three times.

The guard was struck in the left arm. He was treated at a local hospital and released Wednesday.

The guard has worked at Pierce County Security for six years.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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