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

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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.

Officers arrived in the area within minutes and located the subject hiding up on a pile of lumber in a lumber rack.  Officers contacted the subject and radioed that he was reaching into his pocket.  Shortly after that transmission, officers radioed that shots were fired.

Multiple units responded to assist and the suspect was challenged to show us his hands.  The suspect could be seen breathing, but did not respond to our commands.  Officers approached the suspect using a ladder and took him into custody without incident.  The suspect was immediately transported to the hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds.  The suspect has been reported to be in critical condition.

One of the officers who fired is a 39 year old male who came to the Lakewood Police Department on 11-18-04 and has been a police officer since October of 2001.  The other officer is a 48 year old male who came to Lakewood PD on 10-12-2004 and has been a police officer since March of 1999.

The scene is now being investigated by our Major Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Cooperative Cities Crime Response Unit.  The investigation is also being conducted concurrently with investigators from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Please contact Lt. Chris Lawler for additional information.

Lt. Lawler can be contacted at the numbers listed below for more information;

Office (253) 830-5011

Cellular (253) 606-6981

Fax (253) 830-5069