Three people - two men and a woman - have been booked into Pierce County Jail in connection with last night's deadly shootout at a Lakebay house and investigators are continuing to search for others believed to be involved.
Investigators suspect the two men were inside the home in the 19100 block of Second Street KPN with the homeowner when a group of heavily-armed robbers approached shortly before 8:30 p.m.,Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said. The woman is believed to be a getaway driver for the robbers.
The men were booked on suspicion of second-degree murder; the woman on suspicion of first-degree murder. All three were booked between 7 and 7:30 a.m., which means they will not make their first court appearances this afternoon.
Those in the home and the robbers exchanged several rounds of gunfire, leaving one dead and two injured. The man killed was one of the robbers. He was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds just inside the doorway, Troyer said. He was dressed in camouflage and wielding a shotgun. The man's age and name have not been released.
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Also injured was the homeowner. He's being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Another robber also was injured. Deputies found him wounded on the side of Tiedman Road KPN. He has been taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Troyer said.
Deputies and police dogs searched the area overnight for more robbers. They've cleared the area but were continuing to follow up on tips and leads, Troyer said this morning.
"There is still a lot to sort out," Troyer said. "We still have some suspects at large, whether shot or not we don't know. They may have gotten out of the area."
Investigators suspect the robbers might have gone to the Lakebay home Thursday night after an earlier Oxycontin deal went bad, Troyer said.
"We are still pinning that down," he said.
When the heavily-armed robbers arrived, they were met with the homeowner and at least two others who also were armed. Investigators initially said close to 50 rounds of gunfire were exchanged between the two sides.
"Pretty much everybody was armed on both sides," he said. "The gun battle continued out into the road, into the driveway" and down the road.
Neighbors called 911 to report hearing what sounded like machine gun fire.
Investigators served a search warrant on the home overnight. They found a loaded weapon and a marijuana grow operation inside the home, Troyer said. They were also counting how many shots were fired and recovering other weapons.