Candlelight Vigil Planned For Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Who
January 11, 2018
(TACOMA, WA.) -- The Pierce County Sheriff's office is asking everyone in the community to join department members in a community candlelight vigil honoring the recently deceased Deputy Daniel McCartney.
The vigil will be held on Friday, January 12th at 6:30pm at Life Center Rainier church located at 17708 28th Ave. East, Tacoma, WA 98445.
There is also a memorial service for the slain deputy planned for Wednesday, January 17, at 1:00 p.m. at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium, located at 10th Avenue and 124th Street South in Tacoma.
The service will be open to the public. Parking on site is not available. Offsite parking and shuttle information will be provided by the school as it becomes available.
On Wednesday the sheriff's office also released more information about the incident late Sunday night in which officer McCartney was shot and critically injured while he was responding to a 911 call about intruders into a home in Frederickson.
Among the information released:
.......Deputy McCartney was wearing " body armor" that night but he was shot above the armor and "could not have survived the wound."
....... A round from one of two guns found at the scene of the shooting killed Deputy McCartney.
....... the A 35-year-old male suspect who died in the gunfight with McCartney was also wearing body armor but ultimately died from a shot to his head from his own gun. It was not clear if the suspect intended to shoot himself or if it was accidental shot fired during or after the gun battle. That suspect, identified as Henry Carden was shot and wounded 5 times by McCartney, with the body armor being hit multiple times. The sheriff's office said one of those wounds would ultimately have killed Carden, had Carden not died from the bullet fired from his own gun.
....... The second suspect who was arrested the next day on outstanding warrants in Shelton, identified as Frank William Pawul, 32, was caught by a security camera climbing a fence and hiding in a garbage can. A 52-year old woman was also eventually arrested as the alleged getaway driver for the robbery that night.
....... Detective Ed Troyer described the house that was the target of the burglary that night by two men as a "trap house" that had been selected as a target for the drugs inside, the money or both and that officers had been called to the mobile home 18 times since Jan. 1, 2016.
.......The home was described as being in squalor with no beds and human feces on the floor. There was a man living there with his 2- and 3-year-old children along with roommates who lived there. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said, "Even Helen Keller would have known what was going on in that house."
....... The father of the two little boys told KOMO-TV news in Seattle that he and his children had just moved in and that he knew his roommates had drug issues but he said he did not. He told the station he thought the home invasion that night by the two armed men might be drug related. The station also reported the boy's mother is currently in drug treatment.
......McCartney was on patrol alone that night. Sheriff Pastor said his department is understaffed and spread thin due the large geographic area his deputes have to patrol.