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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Suspect who shot at deputies arrested near Olalla

Posted on January 12th, 2024 By:

Editor’s note: The Blotter is written based on information provided by Gig Harbor Police Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One  and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

A Washington state Fish & Wildlife officer arrested a 29-year-old man who shot at Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 2 p.m. Thursday in Olalla.

The arrest followed a long search for the man, Darian Alan Savoie. The South Kitsap School District placed Olalla Elementary School in lockdown Thursday afternoon and law enforcement closed Burley-Olalla Road near Highway 16.

No deputies were injured when Savoie shot at them.

According to the Kitsap Sun newspaper of Bremerton, deputies contacted Savoie on Thursday in connection with a case of felony harassment involving a firearm. He fled into the woods and fired a shot at deputies.

After searching for several hours, an area resident spotted Savoie walking along a roadway and called 911. A Fish & Wildlife officer, assisting with the search for Savoie, arrested him.

Bar employees handcuff unruly patron

Employees and patrons at a tavern on Point Fosdick Drive handcuffed a highly intoxicated man after he punched a window and shoved someone to the ground late on the night of Jan. 5.

Bartenders told police they refused to serve the suspect, a 32-year-old Tacoma man, after he fell asleep at the bar. The suspect argued that he wasn’t really all that drunk and shouldn’t be cut off. He stormed out of the bar and punched a window, witnesses told police.

The 32-year-old came back to continue the argument. When a 54-year-old Gig Harbor man confronted him about the damage to the window, the younger man threw him to the floor.

Bartenders produced handcuffs, subdued the 32-year-old and waited for police to arrive.

Police arrested him and took him to the Kitsap County jail on suspicion of assault and vandalism.

Teens suspected in school fire arrested in Gig Harbor

Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday in Gig Harbor as suspects in the arson fire that destroyed Gault Middle School in Tacoma. The school, which had been closed for several years, was torched early in the morning of Jan. 3.

Arson investigators developed probable cause for the arrest of the three teens, according to Tacoma police. On Wednesday, Tacoma police with the aid of their Gig Harbor peers arrested two 15-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl and booked them into the Remann Hall juvenile detention center on suspicion of first-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

Police officials weren’t available to provide more information about the arrest and whether the teens are Gig Harbor residents.