Police Identify Tacoma Officer Killed Wednesday

The officer killed was a 45-year-old man who joined the department in 1999, Tacoma Police Chief Donald Ramsdell said. Officers had called for backup shortly after responding to the disturbance and quickly reported shots fired, the Tacoma Police Department told KOMO.

The city's police department is directing donors in two ways to contribute in memory of Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez, who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic-violence call Wednesday night.

She also said it's possible the suspect, who hasn't been identified, could have left while police were removing the wounded officer from the scene. Croskey, who moved out of the home about seven months ago, said she knew the suspect and his wife and didn't know of any problems in the relationship.

Troyer says a girl and a boy, found unharmed, have been taken from the house.

Authorities discovered multiple weapons inside the house.

The officer, who has not yet been publicly identified, was responding to a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon when he was shot. Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital after nightfall.

Two candlelight vigils will be held Thursday night in honor of the fallen Tacoma officer. I do not want to hear about the police officers being inhumane and shooting people unnecessary or any of those things. She said the neighborhood was locked down while law enforcement worked to arrest the suspect. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

"We had an officer down and shots still firing at the time", Cool said.

An ambulance carrying the body of Gutierrez drives away from Tacoma General Hospital on Wednesday.

October 25, 1986 - Officer Larry Walker was accidentally shot by his partner who was struggling with a knife-wielding man who was trying to kill his wife. Took one of the kids when we had a chance and (the suspect) grabbed the other kid.

The female officer shot back and ran from the house, taking the wife to safety. Gutierrez died several hours later at Tacoma General Hospital. Few details were released about the treatment of the children by the gunman.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sent his condolences to the family of the slain officer via Twitter. The suspected shooter is in critical but stable condition at the same hospital.

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