Boom “The Man Was Being Strange and Making Explosives”
posted by April 16 at 12:01 PMon
A registered sex offender literally blew the roof off a house on Monday, killing himself and nearly killing a pack of Pierce County cops.
The story, from the P-I:
The couple who own the house called police about 11 p.m. Monday, saying the man was being strange and making explosives, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said. The couple told detectives that they met their roommate through a Craiglist ad.
When police entered the house, the man grabbed some bottles and bolted from the kitchen. He blasted heavy metal music from upstairs as deputies realized that a duffle bag he left contained explosive devices.
Deputies evacuated, called for backup and were waiting on a bomb squad and a negotiator when the house exploded.
“Our deputies on the next house plot were covered in beauty bark,” Troyer said. “Blinds from the top floor were blown 75 to 100 feet.”
The Times identifies the blown-up man as 25-year-old Zane Dittman:
He also reportedly had convictions for possessing stolen property, riot with a deadly weapon and unlawful imprisonment.
Four years ago a man with that name was sentenced in Spokane for abducting his girlfriend’s 10-year-old son.
It’s a sad, sad world.