Official: Tacoma police officer fatally shoots armed man

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TACOMA – A Tacoma police officer fatally shot an armed man after the man reportedly confronted police outside of a residence. Tacoma police spokesperson Loretta Cool said that police were called to a house in the 3400 block of South Proctor Street around 10 p.m. Sunday for a noise disturbance.

Upon arrival, police observed a man inside the house grab and gun and came outside of the house, where he was shot by one of the responding officers.

Medics responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as 48-year-old Stephen Cunningham.

The investigation of the shooting is continuing. The Officer involved is on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure. The Officer is 34 years old and has been employed by the Tacoma Police Department for six years.

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  • dg54321

    Generally not a great idea to meet the cops with a gun in your hand. Guess the question is whether he was pointing it at the officer or not. Without video of the encounter, it’s all speculation….

  • PClark

    RIP Steve! You were a very nice person and you will be missed. You were always a very respectful and caring friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • hellomurica

    Why do I suspect there’s more to this story than what we’re being told here. Unless the guy wanted to suicide by cop, I can’t imagine why anyone would walk up to officers with a gun in hand.

    • Dr.Gonzo

      They were creeping around his house with flashlights. They didn’t identify themselves until after shooting him. My other friend was 3 feet behind him when he was shot.

      • hellomurica

        See, now that is more along the lines of what I’d expect. Sane, rationale man trying to defend his home from unknowns lurking about, and is shot by stupid cops who can’t bother to ID themselves while trespassing.

  • Steve

    No video but I did get audio. Unfortunately time stamp is off on my recorder by 35 min. I did hear 14 rounds fired in under just 5 seconds. Kind of over kill. Spray and Prey? Not sure how I would have reacted yet maybe they should carry 6 shooters.

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