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Suspect in fatal shooting of Tacoma officer dead

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TACOMA, Wash. -

SEATTLE (AP) - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Tacoma, Washington, police officer who was answering a domestic violence call (all times local):

11 a.m.
    
A Tacoma, Washington, police spokeswoman said the officers who responded to a domestic violence call that left one officer dead had called for assistance right way and the officer was down while shots were still being fired.
    
Spokeswoman Loretta Cool told reporters during a Thursday news conference that the shooting is still under investigation and police are not yet releasing the name of the suspect or the officer who was killed Wednesday until his family is notified.
    
Cool says the officers didn't know right away that there were children in the house.
    
Later during the 11-hour standoff, they were able to rescue a 6-year-old boy.
    
While they were rescuing an 8-year-old girl, there was an opening for an officer to shoot the suspect.
    
Cool says the suspect was 38.
    
Cool says multiple agencies are investigating the incident to be sure that police policies were properly followed.
    
4:30 a.m.
    
Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma, Washington, police officer has been shot and killed by officers after a lengthy barricade situation.
    
Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer says the suspect was shot at approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday, ending an 11-hour standoff. The suspect has not been identified.
    
Troyer says a girl and a boy, have been found unharmed, and have been taken from the house. He says officers found multiple weapons in the house.
    
Before the standoff began, a Tacoma officer was shot multiple times while answering a domestic violence call Wednesday. The officer was pronounced dead at a hospital after nightfall Wednesday. The officer has not been identified.
    
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2:15 a.m.
    
Dozen police held positions around a house early Thursday where a suspect accused of fatally shooting a Tacoma police officer hours earlier was believed still barricaded inside.
    
The officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call Wednesday afternoon.
    
Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital after nightfall.
    
After the death of the officer, who still hasn't been publicly identified, a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the body from the hospital to the county medical examiner's office.
    
After 2 a.m. PST Thursday, the standoff was ongoing with many emergency vehicles with flashing lights and numerous officers posted outside the home where the suspect was thought to be. The neighborhood had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies were "working to bring it to a peaceful resolution."
    
It wasn't immediately clear what led up to the shooting.

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9:10 p.m.
    
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.
    
The officer, who has not been identified, was shot by a suspect still believed to be barricaded at a Tacoma home with a gun. Police say the scene remained active and the neighborhood was still on lockdown.
    
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7:15 p.m.
    
A police spokeswoman says the officer who was shot while responding to a domestic violence call was in surgery at a Tacoma hospital.
    
Loretta Cool said Wednesday night that police responded to a Tacoma home and that shortly afterward, officers called for backup.
    
She says shots were fired and officers were able to get into the home to remove the officer, who had been shot several times.
    
Cool says police believe the suspect remains barricaded with a gun inside the home but says it's possible the suspect could have left while police were removing the wounded officer from the scene.
    
She said the neighborhood was locked down while law enforcement worked to arrest the suspect.    

6:30 p.m.
    
Authorities say a Tacoma police officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call.
    
Multiple news outlets said the suspect was barricaded in a home with a rifle Wednesday evening after the shooting took place around 5:30 p.m.
    
Authorities say police entered the home after the incident, got the officer out and to a Tacoma hospital.
    
No further details were immediately available.
    
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6:07 p.m.
    
Authorities say a police officer has been shot in Tacoma while responding to a domestic call.
    
KCPQ-TV reports (https://goo.gl/DPNkG9 ) an officer was taken to a Tacoma hospital Wednesday after the incident at about 5:30 p.m.
    
Tacoma police said on Twitter at about 6 p.m. that officers were working an active call involving many agencies in the 400 block of East 52nd Street. Police asked people to stay away from the area.
    
Multiple news outlets reported that the suspect was barricaded in the home.
    
No information was immediately available about the circumstances leading up to the shooting or the extent of the officer's injuries.

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