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

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.

“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.