Second suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Pierce County deputy
FREDERICKSON, Wash. -- A suspected gunman who police believe fatally shot a Pierce County Sheriff's deputy late Sunday night has been captured.
The 32-year-old suspect was arrested just after 8 a.m. after an alert Washington State Patrol trooper spotted him and noted him as suspicious, according to Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
The trooper was guarding an intersection near where police had set up a search perimeter along 42nd Ave. E in the hours after the shooting and contacted the man. The man originally gave a fake name, but investigators eventually determined he was wanted on three warrants out of Shelton, deputies said. The man was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail.
The man arrested has a long criminal history for convictions that include theft, drugs, identity theft and attempted burglary. He has been identified as Frank William Pawul, and Pierce County jail records show that he has been booked on investigation of first-degree murder. Troyer confirmed that Pawul is the man arrested Monday.
"It's been a long night," Troyer said. "It's a bit of a sigh of relief."
A second suspect was found dead near Deputy Daniel McCartney. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 35-year-old Henry Carden.
Detectives spent the day gathering evidence that they believe makes Pawul their suspect in the shooting, Troyer said.
Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor credited the "smarts and heart" of his department in making the arrest.
"They had a brother who was taken from them. They stepped up," Pastor said.
"We do have the second suspect in custody, and people can rest a little easier," Troyer 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 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 was used to shoot McCartney.
But Troyer said more investigation needs to be done to determine which gun was used to kill the deputy.
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."
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 criminals, When he went after them he knew what he was doing - that's what we do."
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. They are expected to reopen Tuesday.