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Tacoma police identify officer who shot panhandler after he attacked her

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
July 11, 2013 1:16 pm

A Tacoma police officer who shot and wounded a panhandler after he allegedly attacked her with a pipe-like object has been identified as Michel Volk, the department reported today.

The incident happened June 29 after the officer asked Cesar Beltran, 53, to move along near the intersection at East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue.

Volk, who has been with the department six years, first tried to shock Beltran with a stun gun but fired her gun when he continued his attack, police said.

Beltran survived the shooting. Volk was injured and sought treatment at an area hospital. She was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.

This is Volk’s first officer-involved shooting, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Court records show Beltran threatened to kill an officer two years ago after he was arrested for attempted robbery.

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