Police & Fire

Gig Harbor Now reporters stay alert to crimes and emergencies and relay information that allows readers to understand and react to incidents.

Lawmakers considering bills to clarify when police can use force, make pursuit

Feb 14, 2022 | By:

A law passed last year eliminated use of force in a mental health crisis and took away an officer’s ability to forcibly detain anyone without reasonable suspicion.

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Call volumes continue to climb for Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One

Jan 27, 2022 | By:

The fire district will likely ask the community to continue its levy lid lift that helps to fund EMS, and possibly make a bond request to update facilities.

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Gig Harbor man sentenced to second prison term for tax fraud

Jan 18, 2022 | By:

Jeffrey Zirkle, who had previously been sentenced to 28 months in prison for defrauding his electronic recycling business clients, charged as much as $480,000 in personal expenses on company credit cards.

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Gig Harbor department sending more responders out on fire, medical calls

Jan 04, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One has gradually added staff over the last few years to where it can now man fire engines with three instead of two people.

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Suspect chased and arrested after smashing into patrol car

Dec 20, 2021 | By:

A police dog tracked down a 25-year-old Gig Harbor man after he bailed from his burning, stolen car and hid in a trailer.

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Hostage situation ends with man taking own life

Dec 18, 2021 | By:

The man had gone to the home with a shotgun and barricaded himself and his estranged wife in a bedroom.

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Fire chief recommends bond for training center, upgrades to three stations

Dec 15, 2021 | By:

A live-fire training center would be constructed, the Kimball Drive fire station rebuilt, and Artondale and Swede Hill stations remodeled for about $80 million.

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Suspect rams police car before being captured, jailed

Dec 13, 2021 | By:

The 20-year-old Key Peninsula man had already served prison time for a Gig Harbor burglary and had run from police earlier.

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Fire destroys house off of Rosedale Street

Nov 22, 2021 | By:

Three residents were able to escape, though one was taken to the hospital with injuries and the home is not habitable.

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Police department overcomes hurdles to employing body cameras

Nov 21, 2021 | By:

It took three years to solve a variety of problems, but now if something happens, cameras can tell the true story.

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