A Washington police officer died in the line of duty late Wednesday night after being shot several times while responding to a domestic violence call. KIRO 7 reported that at around 3:30 a.m. local time, the suspect was killed by authorities after a long standoff.
The male officer killed in the shooting has not been identified, was pronounced dead at 9:13 p.m. local time after undergoing emergency surgery at Tacoma General Hospital. Law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the body from the hospital to the county medical examiner’s office.
“We’ve suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss,” police spokesman Loretta Cool said. “I don’t know how to put that into words.”
Before it was released that the suspect was also killed, Cool said that the neighborhood had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies were “working to bring it to a peaceful resolution” since it was possible that the suspect, who hasn’t been identified, could have left while police were removing the wounded officer from the scene.
The incident began at around 4 p.m. when two officers responded to the home after a report of a verbal dispute. Cool said the officers called for backup “a very short time later” and then shots were fired almost immediately after reinforcements arrived.
After the shots were fired, arriving officers were able to enter the home and got the wounded officer outside and to a hospital.
In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he and his wife Trudi were sending their thoughts and prayers to the family of the slain officer.
“All of Washington grieves with Tacoma, which tonight lost one of their finest. Our hearts are with the men and women of the Tacoma Police Department, their families, and their brothers and sisters in law enforcement across Washington.”
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