Police fatally shoot armed man during traffic stop in Tacoma

The dead man had multiple warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting, police say.

Associated Press

TACOMA — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of an armed 24-year-old man by Tacoma police.

The News-Tribune reported the incident occurred during a traffic stop on Portland Avenue at 2:40 a.m. Sunday

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer says there was a physical altercation, the suspect had a weapon and was shot.

The sheriff’s department is investigating because a new state law prevents law enforcement agencies from investigating their own officer-involved shootings.

The 33-year-old officer was not injured. The four-year department veteran has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard after a police shooting.

A handgun allegedly belonging to the suspect was recovered at the scene.

Troyer says he had multiple warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting.

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