Double Shooting – Wounded – Police Officer (Spanaway, WA)


A man who went from praising the Seattle Seahawks on Monday to claiming Tuesday to be God is believed to have shot a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy before dying in a standoff.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was hit in the arm when his body armor deflected a bullet to his chest, and he’s expected to live, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

He gave this account of the shootings Tuesday in Spanaway:

Authorities responded about 3:30 p.m. to a storage unit in the 21600 block of Mountain Highway East after reports that a man there was threatening to kill people and might be a danger to himself. A SWAT team was dispatched.

About 4:15 p.m., the deputy was wounded as the suspect, barricaded inside the unit, fired on deputies. They returned fire, but it was not clear whether the suspect was hit.

About 5:30 p.m., after the suspect quit communicating with officials, deputies entered the storage unit, where they found the man dead.

It had not been determined Tuesday night how he died, but he appeared to have a gunshot wound, Troyer said.

SPANAWAY, Wash — An hours-long armed standoff in Spanaway ended Tuesday night when police found a 27-year-old man dead inside a storage unit.

The standoff began Tuesday afternoon when Pierce County deputies tried to make contact with a Puyallup man named Chase Houston, who was holed up inside a storage unit in the 21600 block of Mountain Highway East.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer said Houston was armed with several high-powered rifles and may have been suffering from mental illness.

“He made some statements about being a messenger from God and he believes he was a prophet and that the rapture is going to start today,” Troyer said.

The standoff had been going on for hours when police say Houston opened fire. It’s unclear how many shots were fired, but one deputy was grazed in the arm. That deputy is expected to be fine.

Deputies, along with a SWAT team, returned fire and used a “flash bang” grenade to get the man out. Just before 6 p.m., SWAT team members entered the storage unit and found Houston dead inside,

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were justified in using deadly force against a 28-year-old man who shot at them from a storage unit as they tried to tow his car last year, prosecutors said Wednesday.

It’s unclear which of two Pierce County sheriff’s deputy fired the bullet that killed a man who had been shooting at them from a Spanaway storage unit in December, officials said Wednesday.

The pair who shot at 28-year-old Chase Houston were Scott Brown, a 48-year-old deputy with the department for 25 years; and Erik Clarkson, a 46-year-old deputy with the department 17 years.


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