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Armed man fatally shot by Tacoma police during traffic stop

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An armed 24-year-old man was killed by Tacoma police early Sunday during a traffic stop, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident occurred about 2:40 a.m. in the 3400 block of Portland Avenue.

It was not immediately clear why the officer pulled the man over, but some kind of altercation took place.

“There was a physical altercation, the suspect had a weapon and was shot,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A new state law prevents law enforcement agencies from investigating their own officer-involved shootings, which is why the Sheriff’s Department will look into the Tacoma shooting.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified.

A handgun allegedly belonging to the suspect was recovered at the scene.

He had multiple warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting, Troyer said.

The 33-year-old officer was not injured. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

The officer has been with the Tacoma Police Department for four years.

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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