Sheriff's department: Off-duty Fife officer fatally shoots man outside officer's Orting home

Staff writerJuly 30, 2013 

A Fife police officer who lives in this Orting home reportedly shot and killed a neighbor outside the residence late Tuesday.

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An off-duty Fife police officer fatally shot a 21-year-old man outside the officer’s Orting home Tuesday night just after 10 p.m., Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The man apparently lives in the same neighborhood as the 35-year-old officer, and drove to the officer’s house in the 19600 block of 207th Street Court East, where he was shot and killed by the policeman, Troyer said.

Deputies recovered a rifle outside the house that they believe belongs to the man who was killed, Troyer said. 

The man killed had called dispatchers earlier in the evening and made comments about shooting people, and appears to have had past mental health issues, Troyer said.

Deputies weren't aware of anyone else that had been hurt Tuesday night, he said, but to be sure were checking on people the man threatened while on the phone with dispatchers.

The Sheriff’s Department was investigating the death.

Further details were not immediately available.

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