Tacoma pot shop employee shot, killed during robbery

TACOMA, Wash. — An employee at a Tacoma marijuana dispensary was shot and killed during an armed robbery Saturday night, according to the Tacoma Police Department.

Officers responded to reports of an armed robbery at World of Weed, located in the 3200 block of Portland Avenue, just after 10 p.m.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a male employee with a gunshot wound.

Officers attempted life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene.

The Tacoma Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide.

This fatal shooting comes amid a string of violent robberies at pot shops in western Washington.

On Wednesday, a suspect was shot and killed by police after a robbery at a Factoria marijuana shop ended in a standoff in south Seattle.

The following day, a suspect took an employee hostage at Euphorium Cannabis in Covington in a robbery attempt that ended with the suspect getting shot and killed by another store employee.