FBI investigating deadly shooting by Puyallup tribal police near casino
TACOMA, Wash. - The FBI is investigating after a deadly shooting by a Puyallup tribal police officer early Tuesday outside the Emerald Queen Casino off East 29th Street in Tacoma.
Details about the incident are scarce, and the FBI has not said what led up to the shooting.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner has released the name of the man who the FBI says was fatally shot by the officer. Donald Judd, 45, of Puyallup, died at the scene.
The incident happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Jesus Castro was on his way home from work when he saw something strange in the parking lot at the casino.
Castro pulled out his cell phone camera and captured the dangerous exchange.
The video shows a blue pickup truck reversing and slamming into the back of a patrol car in the parking lot, then a police chase continues across the lot. Eventually, the truck stops again and reverses into a patrol car. At this point, several shots can be heard on the tape.
“I was just shocked,” said Castro. “It was really surprising that something like that would happen – it’s something you see on TV, not real life.”
Aerial footage from KOMO's Air 4 revealed a scene of destruction - a wrecked police car, a damaged truck, skid marks, a ripped down fence, a bent light pole and other damage.
Crime scene tape surrounded a large area of the parking lot for more than 16 hours. A large police forensic van remained on scene as well.
FBI agents are at the scene assisting with the investigation, said FBI spokeswoman Ayn S. Dietrich-Williams Tuesday afternoon.
"The FBI is on scene to investigate an incident on tribal land that involved police response early this morning," she said.
The federal agency says they will release more information about what happened when the investigation is complete