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Tacoma officer who shot and critically injured panhandler released from hospital

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
June 30, 2013 7:04 pm

A Tacoma police officer who shot and critically injured a panhandler during an altercation Saturday has been released from the hospital, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Cool did not immediately have information Sunday about the condition of the man shot, who she said was treated at the hospital as “John Doe.”

Police said Saturday that the man was panhandling about 3:15 p.m. near East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue, when a Tacoma policewoman told him to move.

The man then attacked the officer by hitting and injuring her in the arm with a pipe-like object, Cool said.

When a Taser did not subdue the man, the policewoman shot him with her handgun, Cool said.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated, per department procedure.

Her injuries were minor, and she is expected to recover fully, Cool said.

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