Police shot dead gunman holding hostages in Algona


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A gunman suspected of holding three people hostage at a house in Algona on Monday was fatally shot by two SWAT officers, police said.

Officers were called at around 1 p.m. to a house on the 200 block of Algona Boulevard South over a domestic violence incident involving several people held hostage, Algona police said in a press release.

The suspect is reportedly armed and violated a court order banning contact with at least one of the hostage victims.

When officers attempted to contact a female hostage and rescue the victims, the suspect reportedly fired a gun at police. The agents therefore withdrew and called in a SWAT team.

The Valley SWAT team – with staff from Auburn, Kent, Federal Way, Pacific, Des Moines and Tukwila – took over the scene and brought in a hostage negotiation specialist to speak with the armed suspect.

Several hours later, the SWAT team was able to rescue the three hostages.

No details were given of how the hostages were able to get out of the house with the armed suspect inside.

Shortly after the rescue, two SWAT agents encountered the suspect and shot him.

No further information on the suspect, his relationship to the hostages or the reasons two SWAT operatives from Kent and Des Moines opened fire was released. No one else was injured.

The force’s independent investigation team is investigating the police shooting.

This story was originally published December 28, 2021 11:36 a.m.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Prior to that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.