TACOMA, Wash. (UPI) — Tacoma, Wash., police say they have a house surrounded in which a suspect in the shooting death of a police officer is believed to have barricaded himself.
The incident began late Wednesday afternoon when the police officer responded to a domestic violence call in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon and was shot. The officer was hospitalized and died at 9 p.m., prompting a spontaneous honor guard of visiting police officers at the hospital. The 45-year-old police officer’s name was not released; he was a 17-year member of the Tacoma force.
The male suspect barricaded himself in the home, police believe, as dozens of police units responded to the scene. At least two children and woman were in the house when the officer was shot. Authorities said gunshots could be heard inside the house, although no shots were fired by police, and KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported shots were fired at an overhead police helicopter.
“We have the house surrounded, but we have not been able to confirm that he is inside, so we have locked down the neighborhood,” Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Wednesday night, adding “We were able to remove some of the people that were in the house.”