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Man shot by Tacoma police officer Saturday identified

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
July 2, 2013 2:33 pm

UPDATE: Beltran threatened to kill a cop two years ago after being arrested for attempted robbery, court records show. He told a Tacoma police officer he planned to get a gun and kill him, the records state.

It was unclear whether the officer who shot Beltran on Saturday, who was not the same cop who arrested him two years ago, was aware of that information.

TPD spokeswoman Loretta Cool said it would probably be next week before the department releases the name of the officer involved in Saturday’s shooting.

PREVIOUS POST: The man shot and wounded by a Tacoma police officer Saturday is Cesar Beltran, 53, the department reported Tuesday.

Beltran, reportedly a panhandler, attacked an officer with a pipe-like object after she asked him to move along near the intersection of East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue, police said.

The officer, who’s been on the force for six years, first tried to shock Beltran using a stun gun but fired her sidearm when he continued to attack, police said.

The officer was hurt and sought treatment at a local hospital. Beltran sustained critical injuries and remains hospitalized.

The officer remains on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, which is standard procedure.


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