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Man shot by Tacoma police officer during traffic stop

Tacoma Police investigate after officer-involved-shooting at a traffic stop

A man in his mid-20s was taken to an area hospital Sunday morning with a life-threatening injury after he was shot by a Tacoma police officer following a traffic stop, a spokeswoman for the department said.
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A man in his mid-20s was taken to an area hospital Sunday morning with a life-threatening injury after he was shot by a Tacoma police officer following a traffic stop, a spokeswoman for the department said.

A man in his mid-20s was taken to an area hospital Sunday morning with a life-threatening injury after he was shot by a Tacoma police officer following a traffic stop, a spokeswoman for the department said.

About 10:45 a.m., the officer stopped the man in his vehicle in the area of South 40th Street and G Street, officer Loretta Cool said. It wasn’t immediately clear what triggered the traffic stop, she said.

The man then got out of the vehicle with a rifle and pointed it at the officer, Cool said.

The officer, 39, gave several commands to the man, but after he failed to comply, he was shot, she said. It also wasn’t immediately known how many times the officer fired his weapon.

The officer was not hurt. He has been with Tacoma police for 10 years and nine months, Cool said. Per department policy, the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The man who was shot was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, she said.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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