Milton police responding to a domestic violence call Monday fatally shot a man who had just killed a woman who was his stepsister and lover, according to police.
The names of those killed were not released.
The shootings happened about 2 p.m. at an apartment complex at 6926 Fifth St. E., said Puyallup police spokesman Scott Engle, acting as a spokesman for Milton police.
Two Milton officers responded about 1:50 p.m. to a 911 call about a man holding a woman around the neck with a gun in his hand in the apartment complex’s parking lot.
A sergeant — who arrived moments before the second officer — ordered the man, 53, to drop his weapon, Engle said.
Instead, the man dragged the woman behind a car and fired his weapon twice. The woman, 43, screamed and fell to the ground, Engle said.
The sergeant commanded the man to drop his weapon, but he did not comply, Engle said. The sergeant then fired at the man and killed him.
The officer is a 17-year veteran of the 13-officer Milton Police Department.
The woman lived in the apartment complex, often with the man, with whom she had an on-again, off-again romantic relationship, Engle said.
Milton police will investigate the shooting of the woman, Engle said; the Metro Cities Crime Response Unit will investigate the shooting of the man. The officer-involved shooting will be reviewed for prosecution by the Pierce County prosecutor’s office.
Search warrants will be executed on the couple’s apartment and a vehicle at the complex. Some residents who live in the complex watched the shootings take place, Engle said.
Milton is a town of about 7,000 people that straddles the King-Pierce county line.
“We’re very lucky that nobody else was hurt in this incident, first of all, including officers of the Milton Police Department and other members of this community,” Engle said. “Domestic violence is very volatile. Things happen in the snap of a second. Very, very quick decision-making by officers, in this case to eliminate the threat before anybody else was hurt.”