TACOMA, Wash. (KOMO) – A veteran police officer who was shot several times while responding to a domestic disturbance in Tacoma Wednesday afternoon has died.
The suspected gunman, a 38-year-old man, was shot and killed by authorities at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday after barricading himself inside a home with a rifle.
A Pierce County SWAT deputy shot the suspect while one of the children was still with him, Troyer said. The suspect has not been identified and had multiple weapons in the house.
Police officers were stationed at the house overnight after dragging the injured officer to safety.
The officer, 45, was pronounced dead at the hospital late Wednesday night, Loretta Cool, spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department, said.
The fallen officer still has not been publicly identified, though authorities say he had worked for Tacoma Police Department for 17 years.
The officer and his partner were called to the house, in the 400 block of East 52nd Street on Tacoma’s east side, at about 4 p.m.
Police said the man and his wife had some sort of argument. The man then locked the woman out of the house.
When police arrived, they offered to help the woman—that’s when when the suspect barricaded himself in the home and fired multiple shots. It’s not clear if officers returned fire.
The injured officer was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital, where he later died.
Officers from Tacoma, Fife, the State Patrol, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the neighborhood and the home, while a law enforcement helicopter shined a spotlight overhead.
Flashbangs and gunfire were heard as police attempted to force their way inside the home.
Kristi Croskey, who rents the home to the suspect and his wife, was inside the home at the time and barricaded herself in the bathroom before she was able to escape.
“They said they just wanted to talk to him and then gunfire started, they didn’t start it,” Croskey said.
Dozens of law enforcement officers, some in uniform and others in plain-clothes, lined up outside of Tacoma General Hospital to pay their respects to the fallen officer.
The officer’s body was draped with an American flag and loaded into an ambulance. A procession of police vehicles then escorted the ambulance to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office.Warning: file_get_contents(): https:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /hermes/bosweb26a/b360/ipg.sbnotebookcom/wp-content/themes/goodnews5/framework/functions/posts_share.php on line 151 Warning: file_get_contents(https://plusone.google.com/_/+1/fastbutton?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cjnotebook.com%2Fwashington-police-officer-killed-cop-killer-shot-dead-by-authorities%2F): failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /hermes/bosweb26a/b360/ipg.sbnotebookcom/wp-content/themes/goodnews5/framework/functions/posts_share.php on line 151