Police arrest Puyallup burglary suspect after standoff

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

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PUYALLUP, Wash. - A SWAT team fired half a dozen tear gas canisters into a Puyallup home trying to force an armed burglary suspect to surrender Thursday.

Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle said the man was seen breaking into a home down the street from his apartment by a neighbor. Police tracked him to his home and called for SWAT because it was believed the suspect was now armed.

"One of the items taken in the burglary was a rifle," said Engle.

Neighbors were evacuated for hours as the stand-off dragged on. 

"Pretty scary," said Christine Powloski. "(I'm) not sure what's going on."

Police finally fired tear gas canisters into the home's upper floor. Moments later, the suspect could be seen leaving the residence from a balcony with his hands up. He was taken into custody.

One neighbor said he's seen law enforcement at the home in the past. 

"It's the same house that about a year or two ago drug enforcement came and busted down the door with one of those battering rams," said Norm Ogren, who lives two doors down.

Police did not release the suspect's name. They said he is a convicted felon who was also wanted on a warrant from the state Department of Corrections.