Man charged with shooting Fife security guard after attempted robbery

An 18-year-old man is accused of shooting a security guard during an attempted robbery outside a sporting goods store in Fife over the weekend.

Dayvion Joseph George, 18, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

A not guilty plea was entered on George’s behalf at his arraignment Monday. Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Philip Thornton set his bail at $600,000.

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Fife police officers were dispatched to the scene of a “shooting with victims” at the Sportco store in the 4600 block of East 20th Street at 4:21 p.m. Sunday. Officers were advised that a shoplifting had occurred and two security guards attempted to arrest two men. One of the security guards was shot, according to charging documents.

The security guard was shot in the left arm and firefighters took him to hospital. A search for the suspects has begun.

Police were told that security officers attempted to arrest the two men after they walked past the checkout area with unpaid merchandise. A security officer got on the ground and fought with one of the men.

The other man, later identified as George, turned around and allegedly pulled out a gun “in what appeared to be an execution attempt” and shot the security guard as he stood over him, prosecutors wrote.

The other security guard pulled out his own firearm and returned fire, the documents said. The men fled and reportedly returned fire.

Milton police found George and arrested him in the 5400 block of East 23rd Street. He had called his mother and the officer asked if he was okay. George reportedly told the officer to “politely hang up (explicitly).” The phone line was still open and the officer heard George’s father yell at him to “leave him out of the report.”

Stolen magazines and ammunition were found during a search for evidence by a canine along the path George took after fleeing the store. Police also found stolen clothing and bullets on the ground near Sportco.

The second man remained at large Tuesday, the documents show.

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Puneet Bsanti is a breaking news reporter for The News Tribune. After graduating from Washington State University in 2023, she interned at the Bellingham Herald. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of ​​California.
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