Man dead after confrontation with Tacoma police officer

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 4:15 PM

[UPDATE: Tacoma PD on Tuesday identified the officer involved in the shooting. He is Keith O'Rourke, 40, a 6-year veteran of the department.]

A Tacoma Police officer shot and killed a man Friday afternoon while responding to a domestic violence call.

Tacoma PD said the officer was not injured in the incident, which occurred near the intersection of S. 8th St. and S. M St. in Tacoma.

Tacoma Police Chief Dan Ramsdell said police received a report around 4 p.m. of a man and woman fighting at apartment in North Tacoma.

When police arrived at that scene they found no one there and moved on to 809 South M St. where they believed one of the people lived.

When an officer arrived at that location, he saw a man get out of a truck and head into the house. When the officer tried to stop him, the officer said the man pulled out a gun.

The man was then shot and killed by the officer, who fired twice.

Ramsdell said it is not clear yet why the officer felt he had to use deadly force, but the chief said he thinks the officer acted within department policy.

The deceased has not been identified. Police said he was active military, but did not say which branch.

The officer involved has not yet been formally interviewed. He is a 5-year veteran of the force and was present at two past officer involved shootings. This was the first time O'Rourke has used deadly force.

The chief said he did not know if the victim in that shooting died.

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