A man fatally shot by Lakewood police in Tillicum last week was armed with a “very realistic looking metal cap gun,” the department said Monday.
Officers said they had been looking for Patrick O’Meara, 28, for an outstanding felony warrant.
They got information that he was at a residence in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest in Tillicum, and when they arrived about 11:30 p.m. June 18, knocked on the door and identified themselves as “police.”
Officers at the side of the residence saw through a window that O’Meara was standing with the gun, and he did not drop it after repeated orders to do so, according to Lakewood.
Two Lakewood officers fired their weapons, and O’Meara died at the scene.
One of the officers is a 30-year-old man who has been with the department since September 2012. The other is a 36-year-old man who has worked with Lakewood since 2004.
Both are on paid administrative leave, per department policy in such cases.
Lakewood detectives and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the shooting.