Chief Mike Zaro (253) 830-5000 • Fax (253) 830-5069 • MZaro@cityoflakewood.us
Station address: 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499; Phone: (253) 830-5000

On Saturday, July 18 2015, Anthony (Tony) Charles Bowers (54-year-old male) was visiting the Lakewood/Tacoma area.  At 3 p.m., Tony went to the Lakewood Walmart (7001 Bridgeport Way W) to buy some food for the reunion being held at Manitou Park (4330 S 66th St) in Tacoma. Sometime between leaving Walmart (between 4:50 p.m. and 5 p.m.) and returning to the park, investigators believe Tony may have received a serious head injury.

At some point, Tony did tell his family that he was assaulted by four unknown males. Tony Bowers then drove home to Oregon where he was exhibiting concussion-like symptoms. A few days later, Tony went to the hospital, where he later died from his injury.

The Lakewood Police Department is seeking information on any report of an assault somewhere between Walmart and Manitou Park. The distance is approximately 1.8 miles. Tony was driving a 1996 teal colored, convertible BMW 328 with Oregon License 9Q8881.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Lakewood Police Major Crimes Detective Rey Punzalan at (253) 830-5000.

Police Chief Mike Zaro conducted a press conference on Monday, May 11 regarding an officer-involved shooting involving Daniel Covarrubias on April 22.

You can watch the press conference in its entirety on YouTube  .

The Lakewood Police Department released the following news releases regarding an April 21 incident at a lumberyard in the 3600 block of 108th Street:

We recognize that people have a lot of questions and requests for additional information regarding the officer involved shooting that occurred on 04-21-15 in the City of Lakewood.  Today, we’re updating a few details from yesterday and providing a timeline of how information will be released.

CLARIFICATION - It is unknown at this time why the subject was running and why he chose to hide in the lumberyard.  No police agencies in the area were chasing him or actively looking for him prior to the lumberyard employees calling 911.

At 1:15 p.m., on April 21, 2015, Lakewood Police Officers received a call about a suspicious person at a lumberyard located at the 3600 block of 108th Street Southwest.  Multiple callers advised that a Hispanic or Pacific Islander male was running eastbound through their parking lot carrying a hooded jacket and that it appeared he was running from police officers that were in the area.  Dispatch received updated information that stated the male had climbed a fence into the lumberyard and was hiding on a pile of lumber 25 feet up in a lumber rack.