• Man arrested after JBLM soldier shot in front of wife

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    A man has been arrested in the shooting death of 22-year-old JBLM soldier Daquan Foster.

    According to The News Tribune, the suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday and is expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.

    Tacoma police had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the person who shot and killed Foster in front of his wife.

    Thursday afternoon, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said they're still looking for a second shooter in Foster's death. A suspect description was not immediately available.
     
    Foster was gunned down early Sunday morning at a restaurant on Tacoma's south side. The Pierce County medical examiner identified him Monday.

    Tacoma police say Foster came out to Latitude 84 with his wife and friends Saturday night. The restaurant, which also is a late-night spot, is in the 8400 block of South Hosmer in Tacoma.

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    Tacoma police said Foster comes from Yonkers, New York and has been stationed at JBLM for roughly a year. Foster's wife was injured in her hand during the shooting. Foster had a young child.

    Tacoma Police Public Information Officer Loretta Cool said Foster and his party tried to walk away, but the suspects opened fire on them.

    “(The suspects were) Callous and casual, and again, we would hope that we would be able to identify the people who did this, or the person who did this, and be able to hold them accountable," Cool said.

    She stressed that Foster was walking away and may have had his back turned when the suspects opened fire. 

    “To be completely disengaged and to walk away and then to basically have somebody shoot you from behind, I would think that people would want them identified and captured," Cool said.

    An outpouring of sympathy appeared online through Facebook from friends in Foster's hometown, which is located just north of New York City.

    Many praised Foster for his service and accomplishments as a husband and father. 

    “This man appears to have been murdered for no reason, nothing that he was involved in. We're asking that people help us to determine what happened," Cool said.

    Tacoma police are asking anyone who was in the area who have video or saw something to contact the authorities in Pierce County.

    Anyone with information about Foster’s death is asked to contact Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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