Crime

Man charged in shooting near University of Puget Sound

Pierce County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a man suspected of shooting at a pair of college security officers with two counts of first-degree assault.

Alex Kjellesvik, 21, pleaded not guilty to the charges and to being under physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $250,000.

Police said Kjellesvik was drunk during the incident, which took place about 3 a.m. Tuesday near University of Puget Sound.

The security officers were called after several students complained about a man revving the engine of a stalled car near North 13th and Lawrence streets.

The officers — a 31-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man — approached the man and asked him to keep down the noise and move his car out of the street.

After more complaints were called in, the officers returned and found Kjellesvik in the road and walking away from his car.

“When they yelled at him that he needed to do something about his car, the defendant then turned towards the security officers, called them a derogatory name and fired five shots,” according to charging papers.

Police say they believe Kjellesvik then reloaded his gun before firing another five shots.

The security officers took cover behind a nearby tree and called 911. Dispatchers said they could hear gunshots over the phone.

Tacoma police responded and found Kjellesvik sitting on a park bench and using his phone. He had a handgun in his waistband, records show.

Although he was cooperative while being arrested, he allegedly became “belligerent” later and refused to take a breathalyzer test.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

Three bullets hit the tree behind which the security officers were hiding. Four hit an empty house.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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