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Tacoma police: Man dies, woman hurt in reported hammer attack

VIDEO: At the scene of hammer attack in Tacoma

A man died and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in what a caller reported to be a hammer attack. Tacoma Police Department spokeswoman Loretta Cool gives an update at the scene on East 58th and East I streets Sept. 8, 2015. Video by David
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A man died and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in what a caller reported to be a hammer attack. Tacoma Police Department spokeswoman Loretta Cool gives an update at the scene on East 58th and East I streets Sept. 8, 2015. Video by David

UPDATE as of 8:30 p.m. The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, police spokesman Loretta Cool said.

INITIAL POST: A man died and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday in what a 911 caller reported to be a hammer attack, Tacoma police said.

Spokeswoman Loretta Cool gave this account:

Officers responded about 2:15 p.m. to East I and 58th streets after a 911 caller reported that a friend was getting beat up with a hammer.

Police found a man in his 50s and woman in her 70s with significant injuries. The man died, and the woman was taken to a hospital.

Another man was arrested as a suspect.

Police say they believe that the three people might have been living in a house near 58th and I streets where rooms are rented out.

The age of the suspect and the name of the man who died were not available.

Cool said investigators had not determined a motive for the attack, and that many objects inside the home could have been used as the weapon.

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