US cop killer shot dead after 11 hour stand-off

2016-12-01 15:37
A law enforcement officer salutes as the body of the murdered Tacoma police officer is taken from the hospital. (Ted S Warren, AP)

A law enforcement officer salutes as the body of the murdered Tacoma police officer is taken from the hospital. (Ted S Warren, AP)

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Seattle - The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma officer has been shot and killed by police after a lengthy barricade situation, authorities said early on Thursday.

Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Ed Troyer says the suspect was shot at approximately 03:30 on Thursday, ending an 11 hour stand-off. The suspect has not been identified.

Troyer says a girl and a boy, found unharmed, have been taken from the house. He says officers found multiple weapons in the house.

Earlier, the neighbourhood had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies worked to bring about a peaceful resolution.

Before the stand-off began, a Tacoma officer was shot multiple times while answering a domestic violence call on Wednesday. The officer has not been identified.

Tacoma Police spokesperson Loretta Cool said the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital after nightfall.

"We've suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss. I don't know how to put that into words," Cool said.

After the death of the officer, a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the body from the hospital to the county medical examiner's office.

Cool said police responded to the home on Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of East 52nd Street and that shortly after arriving, officers called for backup.

Reacting to shots fired, arriving officers entered the home and managed to get the wounded officer outside and to a hospital, Cool said. She had said the officer had been undergoing surgery before the death was announced.

It wasn't immediately clear what led up to the shooting.

In a statement, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he and his wife Trudi were sending their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the 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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