Tacoma, WA – The Pierce County Force Investigation Team released security and bodycam video from the fatal gunfight with police that lead to the death of a domestic violence suspect in August (video below).
The incident occurred on Aug. 28 after officers responded to a home in the 6700-block of South Monroe Street for a report of a domestic disturbance, KING reported.
Police said a relative called 911 and reported that 40-year-old Peter T. Collins had assaulted him.
Ring video camera from the relative’s home showed Collins standing in the yard yelling at somebody in the house, KING reported.
Then the video cut to a Tacoma police officer repeatedly ordering Collins not to get into a car.
Collins can’t be seen in the bodycam video.
Shots rang out seconds later when Collins opened fire on the officers, the video showed.
One of the officers advised dispatch that Collins was firing at police with a “long gun” from the direction of the house.
Police said Collins fled the scene with two semiautomatic rifles, two handguns, and a ton of ammunition and officers went after him, KING reported.
Bodycam video showed an officer arrived at Collins location on South Madison Street and pulled a weapon out of the back of his car.
Collins fired multiple shots at the officer before the officer fired back one time from 183 yards away, the video showed.
A second later that officer advised the dispatcher that the suspect was down.
Officials said that responding to domestic disturbance calls is one of the most dangerous situations officers face, KING reported.
“You’re walking into a space where you’ve never been, but they have an advantage over you,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Sergeant Darren Moss explained.
“So if they have a hiding spot or a place they can get to, before you can find them, those are one of the things we have to think about, but with domestic violence being the most common calls for police officers to deal with, it can be the most volatile as well,” Sgt. Moss told reporters.
Collins suffered two gunshot wounds and investigators determined that only one had been fired by police, KING reported.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the second gunshot was self-inflicted.
Collins’ death was ruled a homicide from a rifle wound to the chest, KING reported.
Tacoma Police Officers Jose Figueras, Zachary Hobbs, and Christopher Munn have been identified as having been involved in the officer-involved shooting incident, The Spokesman-Review reported.
All three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol for all officer-involved shooting investigations.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: