Lakewood

Man charged with shooting at police officers blames girlfriend

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A man arrested on suspicion of firing at Lakewood Police Department officers early Monday told his girlfriend he "shot at the pigs" because of her, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, 28-year-old Thomas Oyen's girlfriend made a domestic-violence-related 911 call from a Woodbrook home shortly before the incident and said she was leaving with a child.

Around 12:30 a.m., officers were called to the property over reports of gunfire and arrived to shots being fired at them from a mobile home on the same property as the house, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

Officers reportedly took cover behind cars and trees as bullets flew by and settled in for a long standoff.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, Oyen's girlfriend eventually approached officers, at which point Oyen called her and said he was shooting at officers because of her.

Oyen came out of the  mobile home to challenge officers and was subdued with a less-than-lethal weapon, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

He has been charged with first-degree assault and is being held on $500,000 bail.

“This is another reminder of the danger law enforcement officers face every day," Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a press release. "The defendant's actions put lives at risk and he will be held fully accountable."