Armed barricaded man surrenders in Tacoma home


TACOMA, Wash. - The Pierce County Sheriff's Department tells KIRO 7 a man who barricaded himself in his northeast Tacoma home surrendered to police after a standoff of more than five hours.

It began when police responded the 5800 block of 13th St. Court NE, in the Fife Heights neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.  Neighbors reported that a man was walking through the neighborhood firing shots at residences.

Shortly after 4 p.m., police said the gunman was moving through the neighborhood. 

"This is a very dangerous situation for citizens in the area and first responders," said Detective Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. 

At 4:30 p.m., Troyer reported that 67-year old Mike McBee was contained inside his home and the SWAT team was en route.

"He is believed to be armed with multiple firearms and is refusing to come out or to put down his weapons," Troyer said.

Troyer later reported that police had found three people hiding in a garage. McBee had shot at them, but no one was hit, police said.

At 6:15 p.m., the SWAT team fired seven tear gas canisters into the home, but McBee remained inside.  Shortly before 7 p.m., they fired two more canisters, but there was still no movement from inside.

KIRO's Gary Horcher said there were more than 20 concussion grenades lobbed into the home in a two-hour period.

Eventually, negotiators put McBee's friends on the phone and they convinced him to give up.

Just before 9 p.m., he surrendered to SWAT officers.

Troyer said during the five-hour standoff, McBee vowed not to be taken alive.

Neighbors said McBee threatened to kill them over small disputes involving their dogs getting loose on his  property. 

"I called (police) last week.  I thought this kind of thing might happen," said neighbor Morgan Stevenson. "I didn't think he was going to walk around firing into houses, but I definately thought there was going to be some gun threat."

McBee is a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war.

Troyer said no one was injured.