Sheriff Paul Pastor, of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in the State of Washington, sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCartney.
Deputy McCartney, 34, responded to a 911 call of an occupied home invasion in progress in the city of Frederickson. Dispatchers advised that they could hear a scuffle and screaming on the open line during the 911 call. McCartney was the first officer to arrive on scene. Upon his arrival, he observed a suspect fleeing the scene. McCartney chased the suspect.
Minutes later, the 911 Emergency Center received calls of shots being fired in the area of the home invasion. Other responding officers located McCartney and rendered medical aid to him.
He was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he was taken directly to surgery. Unfortunately, he did not survive.
One of the suspects was found deceased at the scene with his firearm nearby. The remaining suspect chased by McCartney was taken into custody later Monday morning. It is unknown if the homeowner shot the suspect while defending himself or if McCartney shot him during an exchange of gunfire when he arrived. That can only be determined following ballistics examination after bullets are recovered during autopsies.
“He ran toward trouble; he ran to protect somebody whose house was being actively broken into,” Pastor said. “That’s the kind of heart, that’s the kind of spirit, that’s the kind of strength these people show.”
“Unfortunately, you see the consequences and some of the consequences are terrible as tonight is terrible. … Remember the power and the sadness of what you see today.”
He asked that the deputy’s family, friends and the department be kept in people’s thoughts and prayers.
The Washington State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting and murder of McCartney.
Daniel McCartney served the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for just less than four years. He previously served the Hoquiam Police Department for six years. McCartney was a U.S. Navy veteran having been deployed to Afghanistan. He received numerous awards and commendations for his service overseas.
“Dan was a good guy and a good police officer,” Hoquiam police Sgt. Jeff Salstrom told KXRO Radio. “More importantly he was an extremely devoted dad.”
Heartbroken to report Deputy Daniel McCartney, #484, lost his life overnight while courageously protecting citizens of Pierce Co. Deputy McCartney was 34 yrs old, married, father of 3 young boys, proud Navy vet, #PCSD deputy since 2014. Keep his family in your thoughts & prayers. pic.twitter.com/BkndHycGie
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) January 8, 2018
His wife and three boys, 4, 6 and 9 years of age, survive him.
Deputy Daniel McCartney is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Monday, January 8, 2018.
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