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No change in condition of Tacoma panhandler shot by officer

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm with No Comments »
July 1, 2013 9:14 pm

A panhandler shot by a Tacoma police officer Saturday remained in critical condition Monday and had not yet been identified, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The man, a white male in his 30s, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital in critical condition after the shooting.

Cool said Saturday the man hit the officer in the arm with a pipe-like object when she asked him to move as he was panhandling about 3:15 p.m. near East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue. The officer tried to subdue the man with a Taser, and when that failed and he continued to attack, she fired, Cool said.

The officer was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. She’s on paid administrative leave, per procedure.

The department has not yet identified the officer, but said she’s been on the force for six years.

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