On August 28, 40-year-old assault suspect Peter Tyler Collins reportedly engaged police in a 16-minute shootout on the 6700 block of Monroe in the city of Tacoma, Washington. The ordeal was resolved by a single 183-yard (549-foot) shot fired by 38-year-old Tacoma Police Department Officer Christopher Munn.
Pierce County Force Investigation Team
According to the PCFIT, around 2 p.m. on August 28, officers responding to a report of an assault were dispatched to a residence on South Monroe street. The 911 caller reportedly indicated that while the suspect had not used a weapon in the assault, he nevertheless was in possession of several firearms and might attempt to "shoot police."
Upon their arrival at 2:20 p.m., officers contacted Collins' nephew, the assault victim, a safe distance away from the suspect's residence. They soon determined they had probable cause to arrest the suspect, Peter Collins, for fourth-degree domestic violence assault.
Officers attempted to communicate with Collins, but he was reportedly not cooperative. Police followed Collins, who yelled obscenities at them and then retreated into his home. While the officers repositioned around the residence, Collins soon reemerged and moved to take something out of the trunk of his car.
"Let me see your hands, man," said Officer Figueras. "Come out and talk to me."
The situation soon descended into chaos.
When confronted by Figueras at the residence, Collins opened fire, prompting the officer to respond in kind.
"He has a long gun!" Figueras said.
Collins had with him two semiautomatic rifles, two handguns, and a great deal of ammunition.
"Get units here," Figueras can be heard demanding in the bodycam footage. "I have no angle, I have no angle!"
At 2:57 p.m., another call went over the radio: "Shots fired ... he's actively shooting at us."
Officer Zachary Hobbs opened fire on the gunman nearly a minute later.
Investigators later determined that Collins fired 15 rounds, twelve .223 caliber rounds and three .30 caliber rounds. Police answered back with nine shots, the last of which was decisive.
Collins fired several high-velocity rounds at Officer Munn when the officer exited his vehicle up the street.
An officer indicated over radio minutes later that the suspect was "firing on Madison ... he keeps firing," and that the suspect "reloaded."
Unfazed, Munn retrieved and readied his patrol rifle. Upon the airing of recognition that the suspect had reloaded, Munn, 183 yards away, took aim. "Shots fired!" said Munn.
Munn confirmed that order had been restored to the neighborhood: "Suspect's down."
Officers with medical personnel in tow soon advanced, finding the suspect on the ground with a firearm lying underneath his right hand. Despite lifesaving efforts, he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Investigators indicated that Collins was wounded twice: once by Munn and a second time by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Pierce County medical examiner's office ruled Collins' cause of death a rifle wound to the chest.