TACOMA, Wash. – The man suspected of killing a Tacoma police officer Wednesday night was Bruce R. Johnson II, law-enforcement sources told Q13 News.
Johnson, 38, was shot and killed early Thursday morning following an hours-long standoff in an East Tacoma home.
A Tacoma officer, identified as Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic-dispute call.
Police said Johnson used two children as a human shield before a Pierce County sheriff's deputy shot him.
"The negotiations failed," Detective Ed Troyer said. "We went in, took one of the kids when we had a chance, and he grabbed the other kid. One of our officers felt he had a shot. He took it."