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Lakewood police fatally shoot armed man in Tillicum

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 19, 2013 at 6:45 am |
June 19, 2013 7:03 am

Two Lakewood police officers opened fire on a man Tuesday night after he refused their commands to put down a gun then made a move they found threatening, the department reported.

The 28-year-old man died at the scene. The two officers, who’s names have not yet been released, are on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy following an officer-involved shooting.

The shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. at a house in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest.

Lt. Jeff Alwine said earlier in the evening officers were searching for a man being sought on a felony warrant.

They later received a tip that he was at the house on Washington Avenue, Alwine said.

Two officers went to the house and saw the man inside. They told him to come out, but he refused, Alwine said.

At one point, the man pulled out a gun and refused commands to put it down, Alwine said.

He then made a move that caused the officers to fear for their safety, and they opened fire, Alwine said.

The man died at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

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