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Police, FBI investigating fatal officer-involved shooting outside Emerald Queen Casino

TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in the parking lot of Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino Tuesday morning.

The shooting, which happened at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, involved a Puyallup Tribal Police officer and a possible suspect. The possible suspect was fatally shot.

Puyallup Tribal police released the following statement.

"There was an officer-involved shooting by Puyallup Tribal Police which resulted in a fatality. The Puyallup Tribal Police called in an independent, outside agency – the FBI – which is the protocol for dealing with an incident of this nature on federal trust property. An officer has been put on paid-administrative leave which is standard operating procedure. We will refer all further media queries to the FBI."

KIRO 7 News video from the scene showed a Puyallup Tribal Police cruiser with a smashed front end. A light pole at the scene was also damaged.

After a short time at the scene, our news team was told to leave the property.

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