A soldier who prompted a SWAT call-out after allegedly firing a gun while fighting with his wife was arrested early Monday after a tip led police to a home in the 7600 block of 35th Street West in University Place.
The 25-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of assault about 12:30 a.m., hours after authorities realized he had crawled out a back window of his apartment at 132nd Street and Meridian Avenue before the tactical team arrived, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The soldier had returned Friday from a tour in Afghanistan and an argument escalated after he found another man in his wife’s car, Troyer said.
The soldier fired a round into the ground and his wife called 911 to report he was armed and inside the apartment with their 2-year-old daughter, Troyer said. The SWAT team surrounded the home and for hours tried to communicate with the soldier before forcing their way inside and realizing he was not there.
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The man was “contrite” while speaking with deputies after his arrest, Troyer said.