Lakewood police on Tuesday identified three officers involved in the fatal shooting of a woman who pointed a gun at police responding to a domestic violence call Feb. 14 at her mobile home.
Sgt. Michael Noel and officers Darrin Latimer and Matt Brown have returned to work. They were placed on administrative leave after the incident, which is standard procedure.
Noel has 24 years of law-enforcement service, Latimer is a 16-year veteran and Brown has logged 11 years. All three joined Lakewood police when the department formed in 2004.
Details of the officers’ accounts of the shooting will not be released until they are presented to Pierce County prosecutors, police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said.
Police were called to the Francis Court Mobile Home Park on Valentine’s Day morning after a woman called 911 to say her domestic partner had punched her in the face and was armed with a knife.
When officers arrived, police reports said, they encountered 47-year-old Carolyn Moran-Hernandez, who yelled, “Shoot me, shoot me!” She then went into the home and returned with what appeared to be a handgun, police said.
When she pointed it toward the officers, they fired nine rounds. Moran-Hernandez died at the scene in the 3200 block of 83rd Street South. Near Moran-Hernandez police recovered a Crosman .177-caliber BB pistol, which looks like a handgun.