Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Tacoma Officer Dead

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Our hearts are with the men and women of the Tacoma Police Department, their families, and their brothers and sisters in law enforcement across Washington'.

Reacting to shots fire, arriving officers entered the home and managed to get the wounded officer outside and to a hospital, Cool said. Authorities say the officer sho. Tuesday marked the seventh anniversary of the shooting that killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop.

The unidentified man, 38, barricaded himself in his home and held off police for 12 hours after allegedly killing an officer who'd responded to a domestic violence call.

Police in Tacoma, Washington, are in a standoff with a man after an officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call on November 30, 2016.

People gathered Thursday at officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez's home police station in Tacoma, lighting candles, singing songs and sharing memories.

Earlier, the neighborhood had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies worked to bring about a peaceful resolution.

Once authorities learned the suspect was using children as a shield, they patiently tried to negotiate with him through the night. "We had a SWAT member who had a clear shot".

"We went in. Took one of the kids when we had a chance and (the suspect) grabbed the other kid".

Cool said the incident began at around 4 p.m. when two officers responded to the home after a report of a verbal dispute.

Witnesses told CNN affiliate WRAL that they heard gunshots and then saw a police officer on the ground.

She said police showed up because the suspect was fighting with his wife and refused to let her back inside.

Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool described the hectic scene that led to the standoff. "We sign up to help those in need", Barrett said. A neighbor said he heard two to three shots fired.

Later during the 11-hour standoff, they were able to rescue a 6-year-old boy. "That provoked the shot to take the suspect out".

The officer was responding to a residential break-in, authorities said in a statement. Ramsdell said he believes the suspect may be the father of one of the children, but he wasn't sure about the other one. She said shots were fired and officers were able to get into the home to remove the officer, who had been shot several times.

"They just wanted to explain to him that he couldn't lock his wife out [of the house] like this", she said, remembering hoe Gutierrez asked if she had a spare key. She said the officers called for backup "a very short time later" and shots were fired nearly immediately after reinforcements arrived.

Gutierrez died Wednesday night after undergoing surgery.

The shooting sparked an outpouring of support from the community and public officials, who left flowers at the front of the police department, under a large police badge carried a black ribbon across the center.

The body, escorted by a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region, was moved from the hospital to the county medical examiner's office Wednesday night.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sent his condolences to the family of the slain officer via Twitter.

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