Suspect in fatal Tacoma shooting who fled to Spokane pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

The bail for Jarmal Packard was set at $1.5 million on Friday.

TACOMA, Wash. – A 25-year-old man accused of shooting dead a man in a Tacoma homeless encampment has pleaded not guilty after being charged with first-degree murder.

The bail for Jarmal Packard was set at $1.5 million on Friday.

Packard was also charged with second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and robbery.

On November 21, Tacoma police officers were called to block 2400 on East M Street around 11:30 p.m. to a shooting. They found a man with a gunshot wound who died at the scene.

According to court documents, Packard entered the camp and asked people where the victim’s name was. Upon finding him, Packard entered the victim’s tent and assaulted his girlfriend before demanding drugs from them.

Court documents say Packard threatened the victim and his girlfriend with $2,500 over 72 hours or he would kill both of them and their dog.

Before Packard left, he kicked the victim’s stomach and chest “multiple times”. He then shot one shot in the chest and fled the scene.

On December 5, an officer with the Spokane Police Department found the vehicle that witnesses told police Packard was driving at the time of the murder. The car was parked in the parking lot of an abandoned commercial building.

Officers had just set up surveillance as Packard stepped out of the building. He was taken into custody without incident, according to court documents.

Witnesses and the victim’s girlfriend both identified Packard in a montage.

Packard was booked into the Spokane County Jail and then moved to Tacoma to face murder charges.

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Edmund DeMarche

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