(Reuters) - A man accused of fatally shooting a Washington state policeman before barricading himself inside a home with two children was killed on Thursday after a lengthy standoff with officers, police said.
The officer was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Wednesday afternoon at a home in Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool told reporters. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
"We've suffered a great loss, and I think the community has suffered a great loss," Cool said.
The suspect then barricaded himself inside the house for about 12 hours while officers tried to coax him out, police said. At about 3:30 a.m., a SWAT team entered the building and the suspect was killed.
Details about the death were not immediately released.
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Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer told reporters that officers knew there were children inside the house. "He was using them as a shield," Troyer said.
Officers rescued an eight-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, Northwest Cable News reported. Police have not identified the suspect or the fallen officer.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Bernadette Baum)