Police Officer Reginald Jake Gutierrez

Police Officer Reginald Jake Gutierrez

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Reginald Jake Gutierrez

Police Officer Jake Gutierrez was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home on the 400 block of East 52nd Street.

A male subject inside the home opened fire on Officer Gutierrez, fatally wounding him. Other responding officers were able to make entry into the home and pulled Officer Gutierrez from it. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject barricaded himself inside the home and used two young children as human shields for several hours. He was eventually shot and killed by a Pierce County Sheriff's Office SWAT sniper.

Officer Gutierrez had served with the Tacoma Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his fiancee and three daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 44

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I knew Officer Gutierizz when I lived in Tacoma before on Hannah-Pierce road and was so broken hearted to find out he died in the line of duty. He had a heart for the people of his region of duty. One family needed something to eat, and I saw him actually buy them some food from a food-truck, as well as many other wonderful things several officers have done for others. In a generation where you hear on the news of cops shooting some suspects, and possible murder, I wonder why there are not more stories on the news of some of the wonderful things officers do as well. I have known of others who have coached little league for kids, or similar activities. Why doesn't the news possibly do a special interest story to show the good and wonderful side of officers in various communitites.

True there will be others who may create a bad name for officers of the la, but not for this one, as well as a few others I have known. I wish I still had my notes as to a poem I was writing to create an officer's fund by donating it for print for others to buy to be utilized for the survivors.

Viola Cupps

March 27, 2023

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