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Pierce Co. Sheriff Paul Pastor says community should be ‘outraged’ by officer shootings

TACOMA, Wash. — After the deadly shooting of Tacoma Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor tell us police deaths should provoke outrage.

Gutierrez was the 13th officer killed in the line of duty in November.

Gutierrez was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call in E. Tacoma on Wednesday. He was a 17-year veteran patrol officer with the Tacoma Police Department and is survived by his fiancee, children, and a large family.

Less than 12 hours after news broke of his death flowers and balloons were placed in front of a Tacoma Police station.

Pastor says law enforcement officers need to see that community support across the nation, but it shouldn’t stop there.

“We need to turn that community strength in the sense of community resolve that this stops. We are losing too many men and women who are willing to step forward for the rest of us. We owe them,” Pastor said.

He said if you see an officer you should tell them, “Thank you, and I’m sorry. Show us that you stand with us.”