Milton shooting now called murder-suicide

FIFE, Wash. -- A man who fatally shot a woman during a domestic dispute Monday near Milton killed himself in front of police moments before an officer fired on him, police said Tuesday.

The two were identified as Pamela Parker, 42, and Allen Swanson, 53. Police said they were lovers and step-siblings.

Police were called about 1:50 p.m. to an apartment complex at 6926 Fifth St. E. after getting reports that Swanson was holding Parker around the neck with a gun in his hand in the parking lot.

It was unclear what started the confrontation between the two.

An officer and a sergeant responded separately to the apartment complex and ordered Swanson to drop his gun.

He refused and dragged Parker behind a car before twice firing his weapon. She screamed and fell to the ground.

After Swanson again refused to drop his gun, he shot himself moments before the sergeant fired at him. Swanson’s death has been ruled a suicide, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Swanson and Parker lived together off and on at the complex, said Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle, who is acting as spokesman for the 13-officer Milton Police Department

Police believe Swanson was in an on-again off-again relationship with her. Parker was in the process of trying to move out of the apartment that they shared, police said Monday night.

"They seemed like really nice people. Like whenever we greeted, I didn’t feel anything off about them. Just like people living their daily life, you know?" said Jenny, who lived near the two people that were killed. She didn't want her last name released publicly.

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