TACOMA, Wash. – Newly released body camera video shows the chaos in the moments before a Tacoma police officer shoots and kills a gunman.
The shooting happened nearly a month ago in the 6700 block of South Madison Street in Tacoma.
Peter Tyler Collins was fatally shot in a 16-minute shootout with Tacoma police on August 28.
We showed the video to neighbors who were there when it happened.
Watching the video seemed to bring everything back to them – the fear and uncertainty of what was going to happen next.
What looked like a shootout ended here with one man shot.
The video begins with footage from a neighbor’s Ring camera.
We hear Peter Collins demanding that Tacoma police officers stop following him as he retreats to his house. The officers then concluded that he had already committed a fourth-degree assault on a relative.
The next time they saw him, he was in the back.
“Let me see your hands, man,” an officer shouts at Collins. “Don’t get in the car, man.”
“What?” Collins responds.
“Don’t get in the car,” shouts the officer.
Then, gunshots erupt.
“Shots have been fired,” shout the officers. “Shots fired!” Gunshots !”
Kimberly Lott watched the video. She had been crouching in her apartment when the shooting happened.
“So it’s really all about him shooting,” she said.
Lott remembers the terror she and her neighbors felt.
“It’s really crazy that a mentally unstable person can even have these kinds of guns,” she said.
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The Pierce County Force Investigation Team released the video as part of their ongoing investigation into the shooting. Investigators concluded that Collins fired 15 shots, while Tacoma police officers returned nine shots, all within a 16-minute period.
The final shot came from a TPD officer, identified as Christopher Munn, who fired his gun from 183 yards.
“Okay, he reloaded,” shouts an officer. “Are these blows coming from outside?”
Then a hit. “Shots fired!” Suspect is down, Munn said.
When officers got to Collins, they confirmed he was no longer a threat, with his weapons nearby.
It was the end of what another neighbor was describing in one word.
“Chaos,” he said. “Total chaos.”
Investigators said Collins was injured twice, once by Munn and by a self-inflicted gunshot.
The neighbors we spoke to had very different opinions about what the police were doing.
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