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Man shot dead by Tacoma police after he opens fire at officers

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TACOMA, Wash. - Officers shot a man to death after he opened fire at them Sunday afternoon in Tacoma, police officials said.

The incident unfolded at about 3:20 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Lawrence Street as officers responded to 911 calls about a man acting erratically and possibly armed with a handgun.

When police arrived, they found a man with a gun who was acting strangely, said Loretta Cool of the Tacoma police.

Officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he didn't comply. He then fired at the officers, Cool said.

Police then returned fire, killing the man, Cool said. He was later identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office as Frankie Santos, 58, of Tacoma.

The drama was terrifying for children who were nearby.

"We were worried that we were going to get hit, so we ran around the building real quick to avoid any gunshots," said one.

None of the officers were injured.

Three officers were involved in the shooting. It is not known at this time how many shots they fired. All three will be put on paid administrative leave in accordance with standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.



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