Tacoma officer killed, Suspect dead after standoff
Officers in Tacoma, Washington, responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on the city’s East side. As the officers entered the residence, the suspect opened fire on police. One officer was fatally wounded. The suspect was killed by the SWAT team.
The incident started at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday as a report of a “verbal” domestic situation. But when officers arrived, gunfire erupted and one officer was wounded. Officers continued to take fire as they attempted to get the wounded officer out of the house.
The 38 year old man then barricaded himself inside an upstairs bedroom of the house along with an 8 year old boy and an 11 year old girl.
The suspect used the two children as human shields in an hours long standoff that finally ended with the SWAT team “neutralizing” the suspect at around 3:30 a.m.
The suspect was armed with a rifle, and also allegedly fired at police helicopters. The Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff and ATF were also on scene, along with Tacoma Police.
Blue Lives Matter reported,
“A Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWAT deputy was able to take one shot safely while one child was still with the suspect and the suspect later died. The children, an 8-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, were carried out of the house by officers. They were not injured but were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The suspect’s name has not yet been released. Multiple weapons were found inside the house.”
The 45 year old officer was a 17 year veteran of law enforcement. He was transported to Tacoma General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries after emergency surgery.
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Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma, Washington, police officer has been shot and killed. https://t.co/yg9hXxQTpl
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