Tacoma police shot an armed 48-year-old man Sunday night while responding to a noise complaint. The man’s mother said Monday that she didn’t blame police for his death.
The shooting happened after neighbors in the 3400 block of South Proctor Street called police about 10 p.m. to complain about loud music.
“Officers observed a male within the problem house grab a gun and move toward the door to the residence,” according to a statement the Police Department released Monday.
One of the officers shot the man, later identified as Stephen Cunningham, outside the house after encountering police. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
No details about the encounter were released.
Cunningham’s mother, Beverly, told KIRO-TV that she didn’t blame police for shooting her son.
“It could have been different if my son hadn’t had a gun in his hand,” Cunningham said. “But I don’t blame the police. I really don’t.”
She said her son had a confrontation with another man earlier in the day. When police arrived at the home her son thought that man had returned, according to Cunningham.
At least two other people were inside the house but police did not immediately know their connection to Cunningham.
A SWAT team was called to ensure the home was safe before officers entered to speak with the people inside.
A gun was recovered from the scene, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The officer who fired was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. He is 34 and has been with the department for six years. His name was not released.