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Update: Milton police shooting was not ‘murder-suicide by cop’

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Editor’s note: In the Feb. 3 edition of the Milton-Edgewood Signal, the front page story “Milton officer kills man in apparent ‘murder-suicide by cop” did not contain the most up-to-date information available. Further investigations by the medical examiner the day after the Jan. 23 shooting revealed that it was not a murder-suicide by cop as initially reported by the Metro Cities Crime Response Unit (CRU), and our story failed to include this information. We apologize for the error. Below is the latest on the shooting as issued by CRU the day after the shooting occurred, and it remains an open and active investigation according to Milton Police Chief Tony Hernandez.

Today (Jan. 24) the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office released the identities for the two deceased subjects in the shooting. The deceased female was identified as 42-year-old Pamela Parker. The deceased male was identified as 53-year-old Allen Swanson. The Medical Examiner’s Office also determined that the cause of death for Swanson was suicide. From the investigation it has been determined that Swanson died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Swanson was also hit by a single round from the Milton Sergeant. It is believed that the shot from the Milton Sergeant and Swanson’s own self-inflicted gunshot were nearly simultaneous. The Milton Police Department Sergeant remains on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues by the Metro Cities Crime Response Unit and the Milton Police Department.

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