Suspect shot, killed by deputy during Pierce County traffic stop

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 8:00 AM

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Yelm man early Friday morning after the man allegedly raised a gun at the deputy during a traffic stop.

It happened around midnight in the 5900 block of State Route 702 near Roy.

A sheriff's department spokesman said the deputy pulled over the 50-year-old, took his license and then went back to his patrol car. He then noticed the man get out of his car with a gun.

The deputy got out of his vehicle, armed with his weapon. The suspect allegedly raised his own gun and said something to the effect of “I guess it’s all going to end here.”

At some point, the deputy shot and killed the suspect. It's not clear if the man fired his gun. He died at the scene.

Deputies recovered a large caliber semi-automatic handgun.

The deputy involved is being interviewed. Officers who fire their weapons on duty typically are placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation of the incident.

Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman

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