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A Tacoma, Wash. officer shot several times has died at the hospital

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A male police officer was shot in Tacoma, Wash. Wednesday night and taken to a hospital but has now died. The officer was responding to a domestic disturbance on Tacoma's east side, Loretta Cool, spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department, said. At least one woman was in the house and police say children may have been present and believe the disturbance started as some sort of argument.

Authorities described the multi-story home as active, chaotic and potentially dangerous. Officers called for backup shortly after responding to the disturbance and quickly reported shots fired, Cool said.

The suspect had barricaded himself in the house with a rifle and fired multiple shots. He is believed to be responsible for injuring the officer, but police say they cannot confirm.

A police source mentioned that the officer was shot in the house and that a police rescue team was formed and went inside to rescue the officer. Witnesses said shots were heard throughout the neighborhood.

A law enforcement helicopter, police cars, and officers from Tacoma, Fife, State Patrol, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, and other local authorities flooded to the scene.

Here's a bird's eye view of the shooting scene.

Police have shared the latest updates on this developing story. 

Komo News contributed to this story

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