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Pierce County deputy fatally shot chasing burglary suspect in Frederickson

Fallen Pierce Co. Deputy Daniel McCartney

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Deputies have arrested the second suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pierce County Sheriff's deputy. The man has been identified as Frank Pawul,32, and had been wanted on warrants out of Shelton. He's being held on investigation of first degree murder, according to Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer.

Original story:

FREDERICKSON, Wash. -- A Pierce County sheriff's deputy has died after being shot while responding to a burglary in Frederickson late Sunday night, and an active manhunt is under way for his suspected shooter.

According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Daniel 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 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 one of the two suspects at the scene dying from one or more gunshot wounds. They rendered first aid, but the suspect died. He has not yet been identified.

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The second suspect fled the scene and deputies launched a manhunt for him. He is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.

Investigators described the at-large suspect as mixed race or white, tall and thin with curly dark hair in a ponytail, a large pointy nose, with pock marks on the right side of his face. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie.

Officials said it does appear that the suspect may have partially disrobed as he fled. Some clothing was found by deputies that they believe he left behind. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call a special tip line, at 855-798-8477.

A handgun was recovered at the scene that police believe was used to shoot McCartney.

McCartney, the injured 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.

McCartney, a Navy veteran, previously served as a police officer in Hoquiam for six years.. Hoquiam Police Sgt. Jeff Salstrom told KXRO Radio: “Dan was a good guy and a good police officer. More importantly he was an extremely devoted dad.”

"He was one of the people in our agency who stepped up and stepped forward," said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. "He believed in what he did. He did what he believed."

Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer said McCartney's showed exemplary bravery by chasing after two armed criminals.

"He took off after them ... that's what we're paid to do - go out and chase bad guys," Troyer said. "He knew he was confronting crimninals, When he went after them he knew what he was doing - that's what we do."

Residents of the area where the shooting occurred are encouraged to watch themselves and not walk in the area alone.

Roads were closed from 176th St. E. to 200th St. E. and from 38th Ave. E. to Canyon Rd. E. during the initial stages of the search for the suspect. Police later opened up all roadways in the area after they had exhausted all means of searching in the area. They said it is possible that the suspect may have fled in a vehicle and is no longer in the area.

Troyer said police plan to search the home where the burglary call originated. He said records show that deputies have responded to the home before on multiple occasions.

Meanwhile, the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.

Troyer said a fund has been set up for McCartney's family through Tapco Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch of the credit union or online through the Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers website.

As a precaution, all schools in the Bethel School District, were closed for the day.


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