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Man killed during shootout with Tacoma police

TACOMA, Wash. — A man was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with Tacoma police officers early Friday.

At 3:05 a.m., police were investigating a suspect wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm and illegal discharge of a weapon, according to Tacoma police.

Officers saw the suspect in a parked car at South 45th and Pacific Avenue. At some point, the suspect fled in the car.

At 3:22 a.m., police at East 57th and McKinley Avenue radioed that shots had been fired and the suspect was down, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Darren Moss.

Moss said there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officers. He said bullet holes were seen in a Tacoma Police Department vehicle.

The suspect, a 39-year-old man, was pronounced dead by medics at 3:37 a.m.

No officers were hurt.

The Pierce County Force Investigation Team is investigating. TPD tweeted that the Attorney General’s Office of Independent Investigations has been notified.

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