Tacoma police officer kills armed man

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GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The Pierce County sheriff’s office says the man killed by a Tacoma police officer early Wednesday was supposed to be at work at the time.

Spokesman Ed Troyer says investigators are looking into why the 54-year-old man was driving on Highway 302 around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The News Tribune reports his pickup truck was pulled over by the officer who was on her way home when she noticed it driving erratically. She had called for a Washington State Patrol trooper and was out of her patrol car when, Troyer says, the man got out brandishing a handgun.

The officer shot him. He was declared dead at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Troyer says he has a history of drunken driving.

The officer was not injured. She’s a seven-year veteran.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com