Officer killed in Washington state is identified

Tacoma Officer Reginald Jake Gutierrez
Tacoma Officer Reginald Jake Gutierrez

SEATTLE (AP) – The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Tacoma, Washington, police officer who was answering a domestic violence call (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

City officials have identified a Tacoma, Washington, police officer who was fatally shot during a domestic violence call as Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez.

Police Chief Donald Ramsdell told reporters Thursday the 45-year-old Gutierrez had been with the department since 1999 and had extensive experience dealing with domestic cases.

He says Gutierrez was highly respected and had a great deal of integrity.

The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon after a woman approached animal control officers and said her husband had locked her out of their house and taken her phone. The officers called police.

Ramsdell says Gutierrez and his female partner went into the home, and Gutierrez was shot as he headed up the stairs to speak with the suspect.

The female officer shot back and ran from the house, taking the wife to safety.

The suspect was shot and killed after an 11-hour standoff in which he used two young children as human shields.

Ramsdell declined to identify the shooter, saying the investigation was still active.

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11 a.m.

A Tacoma, Washington, police spokeswoman said the officers who responded to a domestic violence call that left one officer dead had called for assistance right way and the officer was down while shots were still being fired.

Spokeswoman Loretta Cool told reporters during a Thursday news conference that the shooting is still under investigation and police are not yet releasing the name of the suspect or the officer who was killed Wednesday until his family is notified.

Cool says the officers didn’t know right away that there were children in the house.

Later during the 11-hour standoff, they were able to rescue a 6-year-old boy.

While they were rescuing an 8-year-old girl, there was an opening for an officer to shoot the suspect.

Cool says the suspect was 38.

Cool says multiple agencies are investigating the incident to be sure that police policies were properly followed.

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4:30 a.m.

Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma, Washington, police officer has been shot and killed by officers after a lengthy barricade situation.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer says the suspect was shot at approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday, ending an 11-hour standoff. The suspect has not been identified.

Troyer says a girl and a boy, have been found unharmed, and have been taken from the house. He says officers found multiple weapons in the house.

Before the standoff began, a Tacoma officer was shot multiple times while answering a domestic violence call Wednesday. The officer was pronounced dead at a hospital after nightfall Wednesday. The officer has not been identified.

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2:15 a.m.

Dozen police held positions around a house early Thursday where a suspect accused of fatally shooting a Tacoma police officer hours earlier was believed still barricaded inside.

The officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call Wednesday afternoon.

Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital after nightfall.

After the death of the officer, who still hasn’t been publicly identified, a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the body from the hospital to the county medical examiner’s office.

After 2 a.m. PST Thursday, the standoff was ongoing with many emergency vehicles with flashing lights and numerous officers posted outside the home where the suspect was thought to be. The neighborhood had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies were “working to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what led up to the shooting.

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