Crime

Suspected drunken driver shoots at UPS security officers

A 21-year-old man is accused of shooting at two University of Puget Sound security officers early Tuesday after they repeatedly asked him to stop revving the engine of his car, Tacoma police said.

Several students called campus security about 3 a.m. to complain about the noise near Commencement Hall at North 13th and Lawrence streets.

A 31-year-old security officer spoke with the suspected drunken driver and asked him to move his vehicle but he ignored her and rolled up the window.

The officer called for backup and the 42-year-old guard who responded urged the man to move along. The officers then left.

After more students reported the noise still was going on, the officers returned to the intersection and saw the man crossing the street. He allegedly turned and fired 10 shots at the officers, who sought cover behind a tree.

No one was hurt. Four bullets reportedly hit the University Club on North Alder Street. No one was inside at the time. Bullets also hit a curb and the man’s car.

Tacoma police quickly arrested the suspected shooter, who was found sitting on a nearby park bench. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the man had a concealed pistol permit and was carrying a near-empty backpack.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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