Officials identify man shot dead at hotel in Tacoma

A 30-year-old man who was fatally shot last week at a hotel in the South End neighborhood of Tacoma was identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner on Wednesday.

Brian Roberts Jr. of Spanaway died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on April 8, according to a news release from the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Tacoma Police Department officers were dispatched around 9 p.m. to the 8800 block of Pacific Avenue after receiving reports of a possible shooting. Officers located an unresponsive man in that area and began to take rescue action, police said.

Tacoma Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the man to an area hospital, where he later died.

A police statement provided limited details about what happened, and it’s unclear where the shooting took place.

A TPD representative was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon to provide updates on the investigation.

This story was originally published April 13, 2022 2:18 p.m.

Peter Talbot covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Before that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. While in college, he worked as an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.

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