Crime

Warrant issued for suspect in fatal shooting of Tacoma teen

Alberto Colt-Sarmiento, 22, is wanted in the fatal shooting of Elijah Crawford, 18, in Tacoma's Salishan neighborhood.
Alberto Colt-Sarmiento, 22, is wanted in the fatal shooting of Elijah Crawford, 18, in Tacoma's Salishan neighborhood. Courtesy of Tacoma Police Department

Tacoma police on Tuesday identified a man they believe was involved in the fatal shooting last week of a recent Lincoln High School graduate.

A warrant has been issued for Albert “Taxer” Colt-Sarmiento, 22, in the death of Elijah Crawford, 18.

Detectives declined to comment on motive or how the two men knew each other.

“We do believe him to be armed and dangerous,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said of Colt-Sarmiento.

Crawford was shot Nov. 2 while sitting in a car with two friends in the 1800 block of East 44th Street.

Police said they were planning to meet acquaintances when they were ambushed by the gunman, who jumped out of the bushes and opened fire.

Crawford died of a single gunshot wound. His 20-year-old friend was shot in the shoulder and face but is expected to survive. The third friend fled without being struck.

The shooter fled in a black low-rider truck that had other people inside, police said.

Investigators believe Colt-Sarmiento set up the ambush, but was not the shooter. They have not determined who fired the gun. The surviving victims of the shooting had an ongoing dispute with Colt-Sarmiento, according to investigators.

Crawford, who graduated from Lincoln High in June, was a good-natured man who enjoyed wrestling, photography and joking around with friends and family, according to his family and friends. He was planning to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

Colt-Sarmiento is Hispanic, 5 feet 9 and 240 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 253-591-5968.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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