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Tacoma shooting suspect from Ellensburg

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TACOMA, Wash.-- The suspect in this morning's fatal shooting of a Tacoma school teacher has a violent past.  An Ellensburg Police Department police report shows Jed Waits was cited for fourth degree assault in 2008.  At the time, Waits was an apartment building manager and the incident stemmed from a dispute with the boyfriend of one of the residents. 

Police say special education teacher, Jennifer Paulson was killed outside of her school in Tacoma. They say Waits and Paulson knew each other since college. They worked together at a cafeteria at Seattle Pacific University.

Waits, who is from Ellensburg, was shot and killed in a shootout with police about 10 minutes after the shooting at the elementary school.

Paulson's father says the shooting of his daughter "was evil and a terrible thing." He says his daughter hadn't heard from Waits for years after she graduated, and then he called her parents' house looking for her.

According to police, the suspect made bail Monday after being arrested last Friday for violating a protective order she obtained in September 2008.