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Teacher shot and killed at Tacoma school



















TACOMA, Wash. - A man who shot and killed a special education teacher Friday as she walked into her Tacoma, Wash., elementary school recently made bail after being arrested for violating a protective order she obtained in September 2008.
     
Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum says the two had apparently known each other since college, when they worked together at a cafeteria at Seattle Pacific University.
     
Fulghum says the man had been bothering the teacher for some time, but he did not know specifically what prompted the woman to obtain the protective order.

A school district spokesman says the woman was shot at about 7:35 a.m. at Birney Elementary before students arrived. The spokesman says the teacher worked in the language resource center helping students one-on-one with reading problems.     

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the suspect was killed in a shootout with a deputy a short time later about 10 miles away.

The school has about 400 students in grades K-5. Classes were called off for the day.

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