A Washington police officer died late Wednesday after being shot several times while responding to a domestic violence call, officials said, adding that the unidentified suspect was shot and killed hours later after a standoff, Fox News reports.
The male officer, who has not been identified, was shot with a gun inside the home. The officer was pronounced dead at 9:13 p.m. local time after undergoing emergency surgery at Tacoma General Hospital.
“We’ve suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss,” police spokesman Loretta Cool said. “I don’t know how to put that into words.”
Cool said earlier that the neighborhood in Tacoma had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies were “working to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”
Drivers were told to avoid the area and neighborhood residents were told to remain indoors.
The incident began at around 4 p.m. when two officers responded to the home after a report of a verbal dispute. Cool said the officers called for backup “a very short time later” and shots were fired almost immediately after reinforcements arrived.
It wasn’t immediately clear what led up to the shooting.
The Tacoma News Tribune reported that several people inside the home were able to get out following the initial shooting, but it was unclear whether anyone else remained inside.
In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he and his wife Trudi were sending their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the officer.
“All of Washington grieves with Tacoma, which tonight lost one of their finest. 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.”