Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

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 2 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. Marc Huynh says:

    She risk her life each day to do her job. I hope she will not face any punishment for doing her job.

  2. When will our city stop tolerating the panhandlers / druggies who refuse to participate in the numerous outreach programs our city has? Just because its a free country doesn’t mean you are free from having to take care of yourself. Some people are just bad, stop wasting our tax dollars on guys like this – pull his plug, use the hospital bills to give the cop a raise.

*
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0