A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot a man Friday night during a standoff in Parkland that began with a 911 call from one of the man’s children, according to a statement from the team. Pierce County Force Investigation.
The dispatch call came at 8:00 p.m., reporting possible child abuse in progress. A 10-year-old boy had called 911 to say his father had been drinking and had tried to hit the boy and his younger brother, who locked themselves in a bedroom.
The deputies went to an apartment complex in the 200 block of South 125th Street. A South Sound 911 dispatcher heard the man say he had a gun. A sheriff’s deputy at the scene told another dispatcher, “He’s going to shoot us,” the PCFIT statement said.
Events unfolded quickly. At 8:10 p.m., the two children, helped by assistants, escaped from the apartment through the bedroom window. A moment later, shots were fired. PCFIT’s statement does not specify who fired first.
The man in the apartment called 911 to report he had been shot, according to the PCFIT statement. A negotiator started talking with him. He surrendered at 9:28 p.m. and was taken into custody.
The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the shoulder. No MPs were injured in the incident.
As with all incidents involving potentially lethal force, the PCFIT team will conduct an independent investigation. The MP who fired the shot was placed on administrative leave in accordance with normal procedure.