Elementary teacher killed at Tacoma, Washington school

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 11:03am

TACOMA - A special education teacher was shot to death at a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and police fatally shot the suspect, according to media reports.

The Tacoma School District confirmed that a teacher from Birney Elementary School had been killed, but did not identify the victim.

The 7:35 a.m. shooting happened before the start of the school day, when very few students would have been there, witnesses told KIROTV.com in Seattle

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum told The News Tribune of Tacoma that the suspect and the victim had known each other.

The suspect, who fled the scene, was fatally shot by police a few blocks away from the school, KIROTV.com reported.

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