Shots fired at Pierce Co. sheriff office with deputies inside

By: Deborah Horne

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It is an unsettling sight.

There are five bullet holes in the window of the Pierce County Sheriff's Bonney Lake Substation. The bullets traveled the length of the room and lodged in the wall, just a few feet from where two deputies were standing.

The shots were fired "for no other reason other than we know of than to try and hurt or kill some of our guys," said Detective Ed Troyer, the sheriff's spokesman.

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies believe whoever did this stood about 90 feet away and fired five times into that substation. 

They think the person left on foot, likely to a waiting vehicle.

"Everybody knows that this is the sheriff's precinct down in this area," Troyer said. "Whether someone's targeting our guys, our department or just police in general, we don't know. That's why we're asking for the public's help to try to get this solved."

The Bonney Lake residents we met are baffled, too.

"Why would they do that?" asked Ashley Twitty. "And all the shootings ... happening in Tacoma? It's sad."

"It's just getting worse and worse to the point that I don't know if I want to live here much longer," said Becky Rick, Bonney Lake business owner.  "It's making my case hard to stay here."

And you've lived here since? she was asked.

"Since I was 6 years old," she said.

All of this is a stark change for those sworn to protect this quiet Pierce County city.

"You're going to be in this job and (there's) the real possibility that that could happen to you," Troyer said. "Or it will happen to one of your friends someday, because it's happened to a lot of mine."

Once they realized what had happened, the two deputies ran outside. 

But the shooter escaped. Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward. Anyone who knows anything about the shooting is asked to call the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

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