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Sheriff’s Office: SWAT team fatally shoots man holding 3-year-old daughter hostage in Thurston County

A marksman with the Thurston County sheriff’s SWAT team fatally shot a man who was holding his 3-year-old daughter hostage Sunday night, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said.

The sheriff’s SWAT team is made up of deputies, and officers with Olympia, Lacey, Yelm and Tumwater.

Ziesemer gave this account:

A man in his late 20s called 911 about 5:30 p.m. to say he had been stabbed by his cousin at a home on 49th Loop Southeast, which is near the intersection of Mullen Road Southeast and Mullen Heights Drive Southeast, outside Lacey.

He was taken to St. Peters Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Deputies helped the parents of the stabbing victim out of the home, and found that the stabbing suspect, also in his late 20s, had taken his 3-year-old daughter into a bedroom of the house.

Both the suspect and his daughter had been living with the cousin at the home since October.

The SWAT team responded, and tried to convince the man to come out, speaking with him by phone.

Through a window, officers could see the man at various points hold his daughter as a shield and put a knife to her throat, and the marksman with the SWAT team fired once about 8:30 p.m. The suspect was holding the knife in a threatening manner at the time, Ziesemer said. He died at the scene.

The girl was not injured.

A regional critical incident team, headed by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, took over the investigation.

The marksman has been placed on administrative leave, per procedure.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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