A Tacoma officer has died after being shot several times while responding to a domestic-violence call Wednesday night.

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A Tacoma police officer was fatally shot Wednesday night while responding to a domestic-violence call.

The circumstances that led to the shooting were not immediately clear.

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell said Thursday the officer was 45 years old and joined the department in 1999. The department said it will not identify the officer until all of his family members had been notified.

Tacoma officer fatally shot

The gunman was barricaded in a three-story house in the 400 block of East 52nd Street and was shot to death after a SWAT team surrounded the home. Two children were rescued from the home.

Two officers first went to the area after a report of a verbal dispute just before 4 p.m. Then came reports of shots fired. Officers surrounded the house, and the department’s SWAT team arrived. It was not immediately known whether officers returned fire.

Several people in the home were able to get out immediately after the shooting, but it was unknown whether others remained during the stand-off.

While a law-enforcement helicopter circled overhead, dozens of police cars were in the area into the night. Officers from Tacoma, Lakewood, Fife, Ruston, the Washington State Patrol, ATF and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department were on scene, along with Tacoma firefighters.

Wednesday’s incident comes seven years and one day after four Lakewood police officers were fatally shot at a coffee shop in the Parkland area of unincorporated Pierce County.

After a two-day manhunt, suspect Maurice Clemmons was shot and killed by police after refusing orders to stop in South Seattle.