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Suspect surrenders after hours-long standoff in Puyallup

Two Puyallup police officers were shot in an exchange of fire with the barricaded domestic violence suspect. The suspect surrendered after nearly six hours.

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Two Puyallup officers sustained minor injuries after police exchanged gunfire Tuesday with a barricaded suspect, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department (PSCD). 

The suspect surrendered after nearly six hours barricaded in the apartment.

Police were called to the River Trail Apartments at around 1:17 p.m. for a domestic violence incident, according to PCSD.

According to police, the man showed up at his ex-girlfriend's house and was hiding in her closet, violating a domestic violence no-contact order. He also had confirmed felony and misdemeanor domestic violence warrants out for his arrest at the time of the incident.

When police responded, the man began yelling at them. There was an exchange of gunfire around 2:36 p.m. The shooting stopped at 3 p.m.

The 37-year-old suspect was taken to the hospital for an injury to his hand, according to police.

The domestic violence victim was not in the apartment during the standoff.

Residents of the River Trail Apartments and the Addison Greens Apartments were asked to shelter in place unless they were evacuated by law enforcement.

People were also asked to avoid the area. East Main Street was closed from 15th Street Southeast to 23rd Street Southeast for hours due to the incident.

The involved Puyallup police officers have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with their departmental policies. More than 60 officers from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Fife and Sumner police departments also responded to the scene to assist the Puyallup Police Department. 

The Tacoma Police Department is taking over the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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