Washington State officials declared that a Pierce County deputy was shot and killed on Sunday night after responding to a home burglary call. Following the fire exchange, one of the suspects has been discovered dead in proximity to the crime scene while the other one remains at large. The deceased deputy has served with the Pierce County police force for the past three years.
Pierce County Deputy Shot in Line of Duty
On Sunday night, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a Pierce County deputy responded to a 911 call in Spanaway. The caller reported that two armed burglars broke into his house. Upon arriving at the scene to investigate, the deputy came under fire.
Following an on-foot chase, one of the suspects discharged his firearm, wounding the police officer in the process. The Pierce County Deputy was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery but died several hours later on the operating table.
The Pierce County Police Department declared that the suspect who managed to shoot and kill the deputy is still at large, while the other one was found dead near the scene of the crime.
While combing the area for evidence, the law enforcement officers discovered the corpse of the second armed home robbery suspect. The preliminary report states that the robber died as a result of gun injury, but it’s too early to determine if the deceased deputy was the one who outgunned him.
Furthermore, it’s still unclear if the police officer managed to fire his gun during the chase. At this time, the authorities have yet to uncover the identity of the fleeing gunner. However, according to several eyewitness accounts, it would appear that the robber was African-American.
The Pierce County deputy shot and killed on Sunday was with the force for the past three years. Sheriff’s Office declared that the deputy will be missed and that the suspect will be apprehended as soon as possible.
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