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University Place Police Department February 24, 2017

A victim of an assault was contacted at his residence on Cirque Drive. U.P. police noticed the victim had blood on his sweatshirt and had a wound on his head. The victim smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted he had just driven home from a local tavern. As he exited his car in his driveway, a male subject approached him yelling obscenities. The victim did not know why the suspect was yelling but admitted to police that it could have been road-rage related. The suspect said he was going to beat him up. The victim fled inside his residence. Approximately three minutes later, the victim answered a knock to his door and was dragged outside by the suspect and two other males. They punched the victim repeatedly before fleeing. U.P. police noticed a large cow sized leg bone on the ground and asked the victim if it was his. He denied it was his and said it was probably used on him during the assault. The victim could only describe the suspects as “three bearded U.P. rednecks.”  
 
A female called police to report a vehicle prowl. The victim parked her car in the parking lot of a shopping center on Bridgeport Way and went inside a store for approximately 10 minutes. She discovered her driver’s window had been shattered, and her purse was stolen which had been left on her front seat. Her purse contained her bank cards, driver’s license and iPhone. Another victim at the same location called to report that her passenger window was shattered and her Macbook computer was stolen that she had left on the seat of her vehicle.

West Pierce Fire and Rescue

Even when a firefighter is off-duty, there is a willingness to respond to those in need. The actions of West Pierce Firefighter Justin Tinsley is no different. At the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on Feb. 21, Tinsley was presented with a Valor Award for his heroic actions while duck hunting in Puget Sound in January.

Tinsley and two of his friends were hunting near Nisqually and were in an area only accessible by boat. They had decided to head back to shore when weather conditions had quickly changed for the worse. While heading back, they noticed a smaller boat with three men on board suddenly capsize and the men in the water attempting to stay afloat, as none were wearing life jackets. Seeing the men in distress, Tinsley yelled to his friends to stay in the center of the boat to avoid capsizing themselves and headed towards them. Knowing he wouldn’t be able to transport them, as his boat was at maximum capacity, he and his friends directed the men to hold onto the side of Tinsley’s boat and drove it back to the boat launch. Bystanders were waiting and helped the men out of the water and into a nearby building to get dried off and warm.

Tinsley and his friends’ actions were heroic, but not surprising. His willingness to help others, whether on or off-duty, is something West Pierce Fire & Rescue admires about its employees and Tinsley is no exception.

“I am proud of their actions, despite the very real risks of succumbing to a similar fate of sinking their own boat and the danger to themselves,” wrote Captain Mike Boltz, who nominated Tinsley for a Valor Award. Battalion Chief Pat MacNealy included, “I know all of us on C Shift are very proud of him and his actions that day reflect on all of us.”

Tinsley was presented with a Valor Award by Deputy Chief Mitch Sagers, who said, “I would like to acknowledge your distinguished efforts and personally thank you for representing our organization in such a professional manner.”


 
Employees at a grocery store on Bridgeport called police to report a shoplifter had fled the store on foot after flashing a handgun at them while escaping. Arriving officers spotted the suspect and took him into custody without incident. A BB gun was located inside the front waistband of the suspect’s pants. The gun looked like a replica of a .45 caliber Colt 1911 handgun. The suspect was booked in the Pierce County Jail for robbery first degree.