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TPD News Release 17 June 2018

Post Date:06/17/2018 9:14 PM

CONTACT:  Laura Wohl, Tumwater Police Department PIO

(360) 754-4200 | (360) 890-0274 (mobile)


Tumwater Police Department responds to multiple reports of shots fired

Suspect in attempted carjacking shot by armed civilian | Two victims treated for injuries


Tumwater, WA:  On Sunday, June 17, 2018, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Tumwater Police Department responded to a report a possible DUI (a car driving in the wrong direction). While enroute to the alleged DUI, officers were dispatched to reports of a nearby carjacking with shots fired. Upon arrival at that location near Israel Road and Tyee Drive, officers contacted a 16-year old female victim who received non-life threatening injuries during the carjacking incident. The victim was treated at the scene by Tumwater Fire Department.

Police officers located the stolen car in a parking lot in the 5900 block of Littlerock Road. Just after 5:30 p.m., Thurston County 911 received multiple calls of shots fired in or around the Tumwater Walmart store and parking lot.

Tumwater Police Department has confirmed the suspect (from the earlier carjacking) entered the Walmart store, and fired shots at a display case, as reported by witnesses. There were no injuries to customers or employees at the store.

The suspect exited the store and attempted to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot, and shot the adult male occupant. The victim was treated for gunshot wounds by Tumwater Fire Department paramedics, and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. His condition is unknown at this time.

The suspect then attempted a second carjacking at Walmart, and was approached by two armed civilians. The male suspect was fatally shot by one of the armed civilians. There are no other suspects in the carjacking incidents or reported shootings.

This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives are working at multiple crime scene locations, and interviewing witnesses.

Tumwater Police Department was assisted by Olympia Police Department, and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department.

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