• Procession takes fallen deputy to funeral home

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    PIERCE CO., Wash. - The Puget Sound region remembered a hero on Tuesday when a procession took a fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputy to a funeral home.

    Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney, a 34-year-old Navy veteran and married father to three young boys, was shot during a foot chase late Sunday as he responded to a home invasion near the small community of Frederickson, 15 miles southeast of Tacoma. McCartney died in the hospital early Monday morning.

    One suspect in his mid-30s was found dead at the scene, and another was on the run for hours, authorities said. Frank William Pawul, 32, had been taken into custody in the Shelton area on unrelated felony warrants, according to sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer. Detectives developed probable cause to book Pawul in connection with the slaying of the deputy.

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    McCartney is survived by his wife and three young sons.

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    He was a Navy veteran who previously worked  for the Hoquiam Police Department for six years. He was from Yelm and had been on the force for three years.

    >> Read more about McCartney’s life here

    Law enforcement agencies across the region have shared their condolences for the fallen deputy.

    “Daniel had a drive on the street as well in the department to bring 110 percent to work every single day,” friend and Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a statement.

    “As a small department, every one of our members is part of a close family; Daniel started his career here and he will always be one of our family,” Myers said. “My wife and I are friends of Daniel’s sister-in-law and we know even more deeply of their pain. We sincerely mourn his loss and wish there was more we could do for his family and his fellow deputies who were out at the scene last night.”

    The procession on Tuesday took McCartney from Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in Tacoma to Mountain View Memorial in Lakewood.

    The Puget Sound region remembered McCartney on Tuesday when a procession took him from the medical examiner's office to a funeral home.

    Now, the community prepares for his funeral. It will be held Jan. 17 at Pacific Lutheran University in the Olson Auditorium. It starts at 1 p.m. and will be open to the public. 

    The sheriff's department has set up a Legacy Fund for the deputy's family. Donations can be taken at any Tapco Credit Union.  You can also donate online here. All of the money collected will go to the deputy's wife and three sons.


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