Police: Gun-wielding man shot, killed by Tacoma officers outside burning home

Photo courtesy: Heidi Towne

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man was fatally wounded by a Tacoma police officer who originally responded to block off streets for a reported garage fire in Tacoma late Sunday night.

Oficers and the Tacoma Fire Department came to the 400 block of S. 59th St. just before 11 p.m. after neighbors called to report a garage on fire, according to Loretta Cool with the Tacoma Police Department.

Police received calls that a man was crawling on the lawn with a gun outside of the front of the home, and other callers reported the man walking around as he appeared intoxicated. That man was walking toward the house that was on fire when police arrived on scene, Cool said.

After the man resisted several commands from police to drop his weapon, he was killed by officers' gunfire. No officers were hurt in the shooting, although seven officers, ranging from 7 months to 18 years of experience with the Tacoma police force, were involved in the incident. They have all been placed on paid administrative leave, according to department policy.

A woman who lived at the home was also uninjured during the incident.

The fire department will work through the night to monitor hot spots on the fire, and fire investigators will try to determine a cause in the morning.

The medical examiner will provide an identification of the suspect, who was in his mid-20's.

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