An apparently suicidal man whom Tacoma police shot and killed Saturday night was identified Sunday as a 63-year-old Gig Harbor man.
Kenneth Wickham reportedly was a regular at the RAM Restaurant and Brewery on Ruston Way and was hanging out at the popular waterfront eatery Saturday.
Patrons became concerned after hearing him threaten to kill himself and called police about 8:15 p.m.
Wickham reportedly left the restaurant to retrieve a gun from his car and was waving the weapon around when police responded to the side parking lot.
Police evacuated patrons from the immediate area and shouted at Wickham to put the gun down. When Wickham refused to obey the orders and pointed his gun at the officers, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said, they had no choice but to open fire.
Investigators on Sunday did not release information such as how many officers fired their weapons or how many bullet casings were recovered from the scene.
The officers in the shooting were put on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, per standard procedure.
Wickham was said to be despondent before the 8:45 p.m. shooting. A RAM employee told KIRO-TV that was because Wickham’s wife had recently served him with legal papers.
“He was very lovable,” Demario Green told KIRO. “He was a man who smiled all the time, made everyone else smile.”