Name of man police fatally shot near Tacoma Mall released

March 24, 2022 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials have released the name of a 37-year-old man police fatally shot near the Tacoma Mall last week.

Michael Mercado, of Ruston, died March 16 outside a residential building close to the west entrance of the mall, The News Tribune reported.

Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. and had a confrontation with Mercado, who was shot multiple times, authorities said.

The Pierce County Force Investigation Team is investigating the police shooting and has not released any details about the incident, including why police were initially called to the area, what led up to the shooting and how many officers fired their weapons.

No officers were injured. Police say a handgun was found near Mercado’s body.