Officers surround, shoot man suspected of plotting to kill family

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

BUCKLEY, Wash. —

After trying unsuccessfully for weeks to capture a suspect in a series of home invasion robberies, Pierce County sheriff's deputies finally had him surrounded Thursday morning.

Justin Michael Linn, 28, was inside a Buckley motel plotting to kill an entire family living nearby, according to sheriff's spokesman Detective Ed Troyer, because he was angry at a woman who had given information to investigators about robberies he had committed.

Troyer said Linn was warned if he tried to run he would be shot, but he ignored commands to surrender.

"When we got him cornered and got him contained (we) told him that if he tried to take off he wasn't going to get out and he tried to take off and one of our officers shot him," said Troyer.

Linn has a long criminal record including arrests and convictions for residential burglaries, drug sales and possession and illegal firearms possession. He was recently released from prison, according to Troyer.

Deputies have been involved in two high-speed pursuits in an effort to capture Linn in the last two weeks, but each time he managed to elude arrest. He is suspected of shooting a 47-year-old Spanaway woman during a home invasion robbery on July 27, during which a man wearing a mask entered the victim's home in the early morning hours.

Troyer said Linn is in surgery after being shot twice in the chest. He is expected to survive.

Update: A Pierce County official initially told KIRO 7 that Linn was also wanted for sexual assaults. The official later said the suspect is not wanted for sexual assaults.

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