3rd suspect arrested, linked to fatal shooting of Pierce Co. deputy
TACOMA, Wash. - A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a Sunday night burglary that led to the fatal shooting of a Pierce County sheriff's deputy, officials said.
The suspect, a 52-year-old woman, was supposed to be the getaway driver for the two burglary suspects, but she drove away after a gun battle broke out between the two and deputy Daniel McCartney, said Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.
That gun battle ended up killing McCartney and one of the two burglary suspects, later identified as 35-year-old Henry Carden. The second burglary suspect, identified as Frank William Pawul, 32, got away from the scene but was later arrested after a State Patrol trooper spotted him and noted him as suspicious.
Pawul was ordered held without bail on Tuesday, pending formal charges. Those charges may come Thursday.
The third suspect arrested early Tuesday has been booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
It was not immediately known what the woman's relationship is to the two suspects, but investigators say she dropped them off near the crime scene and they believe she knew that a burglary was planned. She was supposed to wait for them and act as their getaway driver, but she drove away when she heard police sirens and gunfire, police said.
The incident began late Sunday night when McCartney responded at about 11:30 p.m. to a 911 call during which dispatchers could hear screaming and some type of altercation. McCartney arrived at the home on 200th Street East in Frederickson and chased after two fleeing suspects but was struck by gunfire during the pursuit as the suspects fired back.
More deputies arrived on scene and found McCartney severely injured by gunshot injuries. He was rushed in critical condition to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he later died.
Deputies also found Carden at the scene dying from one or more gunshot wounds. They rendered first aid, but he died.
They said Pawul ran from the scene and a manhunt ensued.
Two weapons have been recovered at the scene that police believe were used to shoot at McCartney. But Troyer said more investigation needs to be done to determine which gun was used to kill the deputy.
McCartney, the fallen deputy, resided in Yelm and was a three-year veteran of the force. He leaves behind a wife and three young boys aged 4, 6 and 9 years old, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.