Suspect dead in fatal shooting of Tacoma police officer

Police stand by a distraught Kristi Croskey at the scene where a Tacoma Police officer was shot while responding to a domestic call in East Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Croskey was in the house with the shooter and fled. KCPQ-TV reports an officer was taken to a Tacoma hospital Wednesday after the incident at about 5:30 p.m. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune via AP)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma Police officer has been shot and killed by police after a lengthy standoff.

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.

Authorities say an officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call at the home on Wednesday night.

The officer underwent surgery at a Tacoma hospital, but later died. The Tacoma News Tribune reports the officer was a 45-year-old who joined the department in 1999. The officer’s name has not been released.

“We’ve suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss. I don’t know how to put that into words,” Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement that he and his wife Trudi send their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the officer killed in the line of duty.

Inslee said Wednesday night that “All of Washington grieves with Tacoma.”

Also on Wednesday night, a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the officer’s body from a Tacoma hospital to the county medical examiner’s office.

Inslee said, “In times of crisis, we see the service and resolve of law enforcement as they run towards the danger. Tonight an officer was taken from us while serving his community, and it is a reminder of the sacrifice that these men and women across our state and nation make every day.”

Police have not released the name of the suspect.

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