UPDATE: A Tacoma police officer shot and killed a man this afternoon in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, Police Chief Don Ramsdell said.
The officer, who’s been on the force for about five years, felt threatened by the man and fired two shots at him following a brief confrontation in the 800 block of South M Street, Ramsdell said. Investigators later found a .45-caliber handgun near the dead man’s body, the chief said. It was not clear whether the man pointed the gun at the officer.
Ramsdell said the investigators will interview the officer in the coming days to get his account of what happened. The officer is currently on paid administrative leave.
The incident began as a domestic violence call at an apartment building near Tacoma Community College, Ramsdell said.
Officers dispatched there found no one but knew that one of the people reportedly involved lived at the M Street address, the chief said.
A separate officer was sent there. He had just arrived when a truck pulled up and a man jumped out, Ramsdell said. The man saw the officer and ran to a nearby house, but turned at one point and a confrontation ensued.
“The officer felt threatened at a certain point in time,” Ramsdell said.
The dead man was in his late 20s and might have been an active duty member of the U.S. military, the chief said. He did not know what branch.
Ramsdell said initial indications were the officer acted reasonably and within department guidelines for using deadly force.
PREVIOUS POST: We are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in 800 block of South M in Tacoma.
Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell confirmed that TPD officer shot, killed a man this afternoon. It might be domestic violence related.
The officer felt threatened and fired two shots, the chief said. Investigators found a gun at dead man’s side, he said.