On Jan. 7, at around 10:45 p.m., the Tacoma Fire Department was advised of a garage fire in the 400 block of South 59th Street. At approximately 10:49 p.m., Tacoma Police received calls that a male with a gun had exited the house on fire and was crawling on the lawn with a gun.
Citizens made additional calls to police reporting the male with the gun was walking toward Pacific Avenue and appeared intoxicated. Callers also reported hearing gunfire in the area and explosions from the house on fire.
Officers arrived and located a male armed with a gun walking toward the house fire. Officers then confronted the male and gave repeated commands for him to drop the gun. The male did not comply, shots were exchanged and the male was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identity will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The fire was contained at the house in question; fire suppression was accomplished from the exterior due to safety factors. The investigation of the fire and officer-involved shooting are ongoing. South 59th Street and Fawcett Avenue will remain closed to traffic in order to process the scene for evidence.
No officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
There were seven officers involved in the shooting. A male, 44 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 18 years. A male, 25 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 2 years. A male, 52 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 12 years. A male, 32 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 7 months. A male, 42 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 18 months. A male, 33 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 12 years. A female, 35 years old, a Tacoma Police Officer for 2 years.
All Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. The investigation is in the preliminary stage and information will be released when it is available and appropriate.