Wednesday, February 14, 2007

In Local News...

The man shot and killed by a Tacoma police officer Monday inside a Sixth Avenue home pointed a "solid black drill" at the officer, a police spokesman said today.

The small drill held a tubular-shaped bit resembling a gun barrel, said police spokesman Mark Fulghum. Investigators say that 38-year-old Berry Millsap pointed it at the officers before one shot and killed him.

Tacoma police were called to the home in the 5000 block of Sixth Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Millsap’s wife reported she’d been attacked at the home. Officers noted obvious injuries after they arrived, police reported.

Two officers talked with Millsap as they stood outside. He made threats to shoot the officers if they went inside the house, police reported.

One officer eventually went in the home’s front door, and the other went through a side door. Millsap hid behind a couch.

At one point, he stood up and pointed the drill at the officers, prompting Kevin Lorberau to shoot and kill him, Fulghum said.

The 47-year-old Lorberau, a 13-year Tacoma police veteran, was interviewed about the incident and then placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when officers use deadly force.

" Darwin was right. "



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