Washington state officer shot multiple times dies

Police officers wait outside Tacoma General Hospital after fellow officer dies, November 30, 2016. (KIRO)
Police officers wait outside Tacoma General Hospital after fellow officer dies, November 30, 2016. (KIRO)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) —

Authorities say an officer shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call has died at a Tacoma hospital.

Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool says the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital Wednesday evening.

“We’ve suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss. I don’t know how to put that into words,” Cool said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement that he and his wife Trudi send their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the Tacoma police officer killed in the line of duty during a domestic violence call.

Inslee said Wednesday night that “All of Washington grieves with Tacoma.”

Also on Wednesday night, a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the officer’s body from a Tacoma hospital to the county medical examiner’s office.

Inslee said, “In times of crisis, we see the service and resolve of law enforcement as they run towards the danger. Tonight an officer was taken from us while serving his community, and it is a reminder of the sacrifice that these men and women across our state and nation make every day.”

The crime scene remained active as police believed the shooter was still barricaded in the home where the slaying took place.

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