2 sheriff's deputies shot in Washington state

December 21, 2009 11:39:48 PM PST
Authorities in Washington state say a man has died and two Pierce County sheriff's deputies have been critically injured in a shooting outside Tacoma.

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said the two deputies were shot Monday at 8:48 p.m. while responding to a domestic violence dispute between two brothers. One of the brothers wanted the other out of the house, Troyer said.

The sheriff's deputies were greeted at the door by one brother, Troyer said, while the other brother was in the house arming himself.

Troyer said the second brother opened fire on the deputies, hitting one multiple times, but the deputies were able to return fire and kill the suspect.

One officer was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other has been taken to Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma.

Three weeks ago, four Lakewood police officers were shot and killed at a suburban coffee shop in Parkland, Wash.


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