Community steps up to help family of Pierce County deputy killed Saturday

Community steps up to help family of Pierce County deputy killed Saturday
Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Cooper Dyson (Pierce County Sheriff's Office /Pierce County Sheriff's Office)

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The community is working to help the family of the Pierce County deputy killed while responding to a domestic violence call Saturday.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will accept donations and Christmas gifts for Deputy Cooper Dyson’s wife, who is pregnant, and his 2-year-old child.

Dyson died in a crash on 112th Street East in Parkland as he was on his way to help another deputy on a domestic violence call.

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“One of the people involved in the domestic violence had armed themselves with a shotgun,” said Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. "So our deputy called for backup.”

Investigators said speed and rain likely caused his death.

They believe he hit a patch of water, hydroplaned, barrel rolled and landed. Then his patrol car burst into flames.

A man who KIRO 7 spoke with and lives near where the accident happened said, “This is the time that the community needs to step up, I believe."

For those who want to help the Dyson family, the Sheriff’s Department has established a Legacy Fund at this link. >> Legacy Fund page

Also, people can go to any TAPCO Credit Union and donate.

The fund is the only official fund supported by the Sheriff’s Department and the deputy’s family.