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Man killed in exchange of gunfire with Tacoma police is identified

1 dead after shooting at Tacoma police, spokeswoman says

Tacoma police fatally shot a man who shot at them Sunday afternoon, a department spokeswoman said.
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Tacoma police fatally shot a man who shot at them Sunday afternoon, a department spokeswoman said.

An armed man who was killed Sunday in an exchange of gunfire with Tacoma police has been identified as 58-year-old Frankie Santos.

Detectives are investigating what Santos was doing in the 5600 block of South Lawrence Street when several residents called 911 to report his erratic behavior.

Neighbors said they were particularly concerned because Santos, who was allegedly screaming and making agitated movements, was holding a handgun.

The first three officers on scene about 3:20 p.m. ordered Santos to drop his gun, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

He did not.

Santos was killed in the ensuing exchange of gunfire. None of the officers were shot. Bullets struck at least two houses.

All three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

One is a 35-year-old man who has been with the department for three years, one is a 38-year-old man who has been with the department for 14 years and one is a 47-year-old man who has been with the department for 22 years.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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