Fallen Tacoma officer was Albuquerque native

Reginald Jake Gutierrez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A police officer killed in the line of duty in Tacoma, Washington was an Albuquerque native.

Reginald Jake Gutierrez was shot and killed Wednesday night after responding to a domestic violence call in the Seattle suburb.

Friends and family tell KRQE News 13 he was from Albuquerque.

The 45-year-old officer was a 17-year veteran of the Tacoma police force.

Albuquerque Public Schools confirms there was a 1989 graduate of Albuquerque High School named Reginald Jake Gutierrez.

A retired teacher at Albuquerque high told KRQE News 13 he remembered Gutierrez as a football player and a good student.

KRQE News 13 was told he joined the Navy after high school then settled in the Seattle area.

The police chief in Tacoma called Gutierrez a “model officer”.

The Tacoma community held a procession for him and showed an outpouring of support for him.

The suspect, in this case, was shot and killed by officers after a 12-hour standoff at a home where he barricaded himself. He also used two children a shield.

According to Seattle news reports, Gutierrez leaves behind a fiancée and children.

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