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Old 06-04-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Police have arrested three people in the investigation of the fatal shooting of an armored car guard at a Wal-Mart store, but the two robbers are still on the loose, Lakewood police said.

Police provided few details, but said two people were arrested Tuesday night and a third Wednesday morning. The three who are in custody played a role in the robbery and shooting and are not the two men seen in surveillance video as they left the store on Tuesday.

Officers from multiple police agencies and the FBI are hunting for two men in their 20s in the fatal shooting of the guard and the wounding of a bystander during the robbery.

RAW VIDEO: Wal-Mart Evacuated After Fatal Heist
SLIDESHOW: Armored Car Guard Robbed, Shot In Lakewood Wal-Mart

One shot was fired, hitting the guard in the head and hitting the shoulder of a man holding a child, Lakewood police Lt. Heidi Hoffman said earlier. The man holding the child suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, she said.

Hoffman said the shooting took place outside a branch of Anchor Bank located inside the Wal-Mart at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The guard was shot as he was leaving the bank with a money bag.

While the two robbers escaped with a money bag, it was not known whether it contained any cash, Hoffman said.

Police released these surveillance camera images of the two men they said robbed an armored car guard, fatally shooting him.

Police released store surveillance cameras images showing the two men, who were seen driving away in a 4-door, 1993 white Buick Skylark. The vehicle was found shortly before 4 p.m. at South Monroe Street and South 67th Street in Tacoma. The vehicle has been reported stolen since late April.

Neighbors told KIRO 7 reporter Gary Horcher that they’ve never seen that car before and they believe the gunmen randomly parked the car in Tacoma. Police used a K-9 unit to track the gunmen, but did not locate them Tuesday.

Police towed the car from the scene by 5:30 p.m. and will process it for evidence.

Pat Flaherty, a spokesman for Houston-based Loomis armored cars, told The Associated Press the man who died was 39-year-old Kurt Husted, a 16-year veteran of the company. Police said a bag was taken from the guard, but Flaherty said it was not immediately known whether the bag contained any money.

Kurt Husted

McCarty, sending e-mail from the scene, said customers who were inside the Wal-Mart at the time of the robbery heard a loud bang.

"One woman says she saw an eyewitness to the shooting who ran into the store crying," wrote McCarty in a message sent from his Blackberry. "She tried to help her and guided her to police who are taking her statement right now."

"Police have assembled witnesses at the south side of the store, just outside. They are trying to talk to as many as possible," McCarty wrote.

Police evacuated the Wal-Mart, the parking lots outside and eventually closed the store as police processed the crime scene.

Chopper 7 showed police and medic units at the Wal-Mart, as well as a crowd of people in the parking lot, many pushing carts. Chopper also spotted a Loomis armored car in the parking lot. Customers left the Wal-Mart parking lot with police checking each car as it left.

Anyone with information on the pictured gunmen should call 911.
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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That is sad. But I don't see how we ever arrest any one seen on surveillance camera film. It is always so fuggin crappy. Hope the fry their .

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Old 06-04-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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Sucks ... here is another article about him.

Kurt Husted had a passion: racing motorcycles, and a plan: getting married and earning his pilot’s license to fly helicopters.

He also had a longtime job: working as a guard for Loomis armored cars.

Wearing No. 134, Husted, 39, competed for years as part of the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association.

“He was the epitome of a true club racer, those who live and love motorcycles to the point where they eat, breathe and sleep motorcycles,” said Jeff Wieand, race director for the association. “He was a very skilled racer.”

Husted recently started taking lessons to get his private – and eventually commercial – pilot’s license to fly helicopters. He wanted to move into commercial aviation and leave Loomis.

He’d gotten the money to pay for the lessons and ratings but never got the chance to fulfill his ambition.

Husted was killed Tuesday while making his rounds at the Lakewood Wal-Mart. He was headed out of the store when he was shot in the head and his money bag stolen. Police have arrested three men and a woman in connection with the killing.

Husted’s death saddened his family and friends. The family released a statement Wednesday, remembering him and asking for privacy to grieve.

“We mourn deeply the loss of Kurt Husted,” the family said. “He was a wonderful, caring person whom we loved deeply and will miss forever.”

Husted graduated in 1988 from Lincoln High School in Tacoma and was engaged to be married.

For the past 16 years, Husted worked for Loomis, where he “was everybody’s favorite,” general manager Dan Rushing said.

“It was a terrible thing, a senseless act you can’t say anything about because you can’t understand it,” Rushing said.

Husted’s passion was motorcycles. He’d talk motorcycles with neighbors and bank employees while working for Loomis.

For years, he raced 250cc motorcycles in Washington. This year he’d been racing on the Oregon circuit. Other racers liked to go up against Husted because he was a respectful rider, Wieand said.

“You are inches apart,” he said. “You do depend on fellow riders for your safety.”

Fellow racers, posting comments about Husted on Internet racing forums, said he was easy to spot: He was always smiling. They remembered him as a great competitor and someone willing to help other racers and staff members at races.

“Many times he volunteered to work a corner when we were short-staffed so that the rest of racers could go out and have fun,” one person wrote on an online message board. “He always greeted people with a smile and was quick to help out fellow racers when they needed help.

“His family was at most if not all of his race weekends; a genuinely nice group of people.”

Wieand plans to have 134 seconds of silence at the start of the riders’ meeting June 14, the association’s next racing event. There is also talk of having motorcyclists ride parade laps before the race to honor Husted and raise money for his family.

“It’s going to be a real somber weekend,” Wieand said. “Our club is a big family.”

About six months ago, with an eye toward a new career, Husted started taking flying lessons at Airwork LLC, a flight school in Auburn.

“He was kind of tired of what he was doing now,” said Airwork’s general manager, Nick DuBay, who called Husted “really one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet.”

Husted started flying once a week and was hooked. In recent weeks, he got the financing to qualify to be a commercial helicopter pilot.

“He’d really gotten serious about it in the past month or so,” DuBay said.

Wednesday, Julie Williams and her son stopped by a house in South Tacoma where Husted used to live. She left a card and a bouquet of flowers on the porch, not knowing Husted had sold the house five months ago.

She remembered Husted, who most recently lived in Lakewood, as the smiling Loomis armored car man who served the KeyBank in Lakewood where she worked years ago. She hadn’t seen him in 10 years but that didn’t matter.

“You remember your Loomis guys,” she said.

And Husted, she recalled, “was just happy all the time. And he loved his motorcycles.”

When Williams heard a Loomis car driver had been killed Tuesday in Lakewood, her “heart just sank,” she said.

“I thought please let it be someone I don’t know,” Williams said.

Money ties banks and armored cars together, so workers in both know the dangers, she said.

“You always kept an eye out for each other,” Williams said. “Anything can happen out there.”
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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