The Tacoma police officer who shot and wounded a panhandler after he allegedly attacked her with a pipe-like object was identified Thursday as Michel Volk.
The incident happened June 29 after the officer asked Cesar Beltran, 53, to move along near East 28th Street and East Portland Avenue, police said.
Volk, who has been with the department six years, first tried to shock Beltran with a stun gun but fired her gun when he continued his attack, police said. Beltran survived the shooting.
Volk was hurt and sought treatment at an area hospital. She was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
This is Volk’s first officer-involved shooting, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
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