- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) - Police say a man wanted for murder was shot and killed by Pierce County sheriff’s detectives when he fired at them in the hallway of an apartment building.

At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed at the Woodmark apartments, said spokesman Ed Troyer. His name was not released.

About an hour later, detectives responded to a report that a man with a goatee matching the suspect’s description was knocking on doors and trying to enter units at another apartment complex about four blocks away.

The detectives found him in a hallway, but before they said anything, the man pulled out a gun and fired a shot, Troyer said. Both detectives returned fire. The 21-year-old died at the scene. His name was not released.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The initial fatal shooting is believed to have stemmed from a fight over a drug deal, Troyer said.

The man killed by police was a convicted felon and known to detectives as a burglar in the Gig Harbor area, Troyer said.

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