Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer expected to testify on Tuesday

Troyer faces two misdemeanors after he allegedly claimed on a 911 officer’s line that Altheimer had threatened to kill him in January 2021.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. – Sedrick Altheimer, a Black newspaper carrier who was at the center of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s criminal trial, testified on December 6.

Troyer faces two misdemeanors after he allegedly claimed on a 911 officer’s line that Altheimer had threatened to kill him in January 2021.

On the witness stand, Altheimer recounted the events of the night of January 27, which at times moved him.

Altheimer said he noticed a white SUV following him along his route around 1:40 a.m.

After spotting the SUV three times, Altheimer said he got in the car after delivering a newspaper. Altheimer said he asked Troyer, who was driving, why he was following him, if he was a police officer and if it was because he was Black.

Altheimer said Troyer did not answer his questions. Troyer remained in his car and “accused me of being a pirate,” Altheimer said.

When asked by Troyer’s attorney, Anne Bremner, how the sheriff knew Altheimer was the messenger, Altheimer said he didn’t know. Altheimer also said Troyer never mentioned race, other than calling him “the porch pirate”.

After Troyer told Altheimer he “had four cars coming,” Altheimer said he returned to his car, “stepped on the gas,” and continued on his route.

Altheimer delivered two more papers, saw Troyer’s car again, and they stopped. Altheimer said he started taking pictures of Troyer’s car and license plate. Neither Altheimer nor Troyer got out of the car until police showed up, Altheimer said. Altheimer estimated police arrived in seven minutes.

In his testimony, Altheimer said he never threatened Troyer verbally or physically, and he never displayed a weapon.

“I want fairness,” Altheimer said. “I feel he should be held accountable for wasting resources and lying.”

The trial is now in its eighth day.

On Monday, SouthSound 911 Coordinator Leah Heiberg, Darren Steiner, whose newspaper distribution company has a contract with newspaper carrier Sedrick Altheimer, and Tacoma Police Officer Zachary Hobbs, who spoke to Troyer at present. school, testified.

The opening statement in the trial was made on November 30.

The first witnesses testified on December 1.

On January 27, 2021, Troyer called 911 on a line used by law enforcement to collect information and requests and said he had “caught” Altheimer in his driveway and “he just threatened to kill me,” according to document probable cause.

Troyer retracted those statements when police arrived.

Troyer faces one charge of false reporting and one charge of making false or misleading statements to a public official. Troyer pleads not guilty before the charges in October 2021.

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Edmund DeMarche

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