A panhandler shot by a Tacoma police officer Saturday remained in critical condition Monday and had not yet been identified, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The man, a white male in his 30s, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital in critical condition after the shooting.
Cool said Saturday that the man hit the officer in the arm with a pipe-like object when she asked him to move while he was panhandling about 3:15 p.m. near East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue. The officer tried to subdue the man with a Taser, and when that failed and he continued to attack, she fired, Cool said.
The officer was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. She’s on paid administrative leave, the standard procedure.
The department has not yet identified the officer but said she’s been on the force for six years.alexis.krell@ thenewstribune.com