A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was stabbed to death during a fight early Saturday morning in Lakewood and police are searching for five suspects.

Lakewood Police say at about 2:38 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call for a man down in a parking lot at the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood.

Detectives responded to the scene and determined that the 20-year-old victim had been walking southbound on Pacific Highway SW with two of his friends - all three active duty soldiers from JBLM.

Police say a vehicle passed the subjects and yelled at them, something about being white. One of the soldiers yelled back something about the suspects treating combat soldiers with disrespect. The car turned around and stopped next to the soldiers. Police say five black males got out of the car and surrounded the soldiers.

Police say a verbal confrontation started, but the driver of the suspect vehicle called his friends off when he discovered the soldiers were combat veterans. As the suspects were going back to their car, one of the suspects appeared to bump into the victim. The two soldiers saw their friend fall to the ground as the suspect vehicle sped away. It was then that they discovered the victim had been stabbed.

When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. He died at the scene.

The suspect vehicle is described as a midnight blue BMW type sedan or VW Jetta type car with four doors, tinted windows and stock rims/low profile tires.

If you have any information you are asked to call Lakewood Police (253) 830-5000

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