A private security guard shot at a gunman who robbed a sandwich store Wednesday night in Lakewood, police said Thursday.
The robber apparently was not wounded and wasn’t found, police Lt. Chris Lawler said.
The robbery was reported at 7:45 p.m. after the gunman took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away from the Subway at 7701 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. Employees told police the robber wore dark gloves, a dark jacket, blue jeans and a blue-and-white bandana over his face, Lawler said.
About the time of the 911 call, an armed guard with Pierce County Security doing his rounds pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot and saw a man running across the lot. The man had a bandana over his face and carried a handgun, Lawler said.
“He’s not aware of the robbery,” Lawler said of the security guard. “He gives chase believing some crime had been committed.”
The guard followed the man in his car and on foot to behind Custer Elementary School. The guard told police the man stopped and turned.
“Believing he’s going to be fired upon, the guard fires one round,” Lawler said.
The guard told police he didn’t think that he hit the man because he ran off.
While the guard was chasing the suspect, someone stole his personal computer and other items from his car, Lawler said.
Detectives responded to the incident and interviewed the guard. A police dog searched for the area but didn’t find the man.
Police were investigating the incident and checking on whether the guard had a permit to have a gun. They will forward the results of their investigation to Pierce County prosecutors for review.
Troy Weller, vice president of Pierce County Security, said the guard is an experienced security officer who has been with the company for a couple years.
The company will also investigate the shooting, though Weller said the guard’s actions appear to be justified.
“We always do an investigation to make sure our officer acted appropriately and within our policies,” Weller said.