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 once in the head just as the sergeant shot him once. Swanson’s death has been ruled a suicide, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The sergeant, who has been with the department for 17 years, has not been identified. He was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.
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.
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