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Man shot by Lakewood police while holding wife hostage will recover from injuries

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
August 28, 2012 2:37 pm

The 47-year-old man shot by Lakewood police Saturday while trying to force his estranged wife from a credit union at gunpoint will recover from his injuries.

He is expected to remain at Tacoma General Hospital for up to two more weeks and will be booked into the Pierce County Jail when he is released.

The News Tribune is not naming the man because he has not been charged with a crime related to the incident.

The hostage situation unfolded Saturday afternoon at the Washington State Employees Credit Union, 540 Bridgeport Way S.W.

Lt. Chris Lawler said the man made plans to meet his wife of 26 years at the credit union to “resolve financial matters” related to their recent separation.

He initially stabbed his wife in the bank before pulling out what looked like a handgun. Police said the weapon was actually a .177 caliber BB gun.

The man then held 12 people inside the credit union hostage while a crisis negotiator tried to speak with him. The man refused to acknowledge the negotiator and after 45 minutes, forced his wife to walk into the foyer.

Fearing for the woman’s safety, two officers each fired a single shot at the man, who was struck.

The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The officers involved in the shooting are Joseph Kolp, who is 47 and a 13-year law enforcement veteran, and Paul Osness, 44 and an 8-year law enforcement veteran.

Kolp used to be on the SWAT team and Osness currently works as a defensive tactics and firearms instructor. Both men joined the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 after leaving the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The officers remain on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

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