FBI responds to officer-involved shooting at Emerald Queen Casino
A fatal incident at the Emerald Queen Casino drew an FBI presence to Tacoma early Tuesday morning.
Authorities have been tight lipped, providing very few details about the incident. Puyallup Tribal Police report that an officer-involved shooting resulted in the death of one person and that the officer was not killed. A large section of the parking lot was taped off all morning.
— Rob Munoz (@RobKIRO7) October 16, 2018
A Puyallup Tribal Police vehicle was damaged in some kind of crash related to the event.
Tribal police released one statement following the shooting:
There was an officer-involved shooting by Puyallup Tribal Police which resulted in a fatality. The Puyallup Tribal Police called in an independent, outside agency – the FBI – which is the protocol for dealing with an incident of this nature on federal trust property. An officer has been put on paid-administrative leave which is standard operating procedure. We will refer all further media queries to the FBI.
Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn S. Dietrich-Williams told KIRO 7 that the FBi will “investigate an incident on tribal land that involved police response early this morning. I will work with my colleagues to gather information and share details with you.”
The #FBI is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 1 am this morning in the parking lot of the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Please understand that we are not releasing further details at this time. pic.twitter.com/euWVQN5UZG
— FBI Seattle (@FBISeattle) October 16, 2018
News crews at the scene were told to leave the casino property following the shooting.