The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man shot and killed Wednesday night by Tacoma police officers.
He was identified as Sambo Sim, a 42-year-old Renton resident. An autopsy on Sim was scheduled for this morning.
Tacoma officers fired on Sim after he allegedly fired several rounds at them about 5:25 p.m. near South Alaska Street and South 58th Street, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
The incident began with a domestic violence call from a woman. She called from her car and reported that her ex-boyfriend was following her on McKinley Avenue. She told dispatchers Sim might have a gun.
She was directed to the Sector 3 substation in Wapato Park. Officers tried to stop Sim’s vehicle but he drove to the end of South 58th Street and turned around, the department reported.
Four patrol cars surrounded Sim’s vehicle. When he started shooting, officers returned fire, police said.
Sim was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.
None of the officers were injured. Several officers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when officers use deadly force.
Thursday, investigators were trying to determine why Sim shot at officers. Fulghum noted Sim had several opportunities to stop for officers and be taken into custody without incident.
“But he chose not to,” Fulghum said. “It was the wrong course of action.”
Commanders have said it appears the officers acted within department guidelines.