• Man who murdered Pierce County deputy sentenced to life

    By: Colleen West

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    TACOMA, Wash. - A man charged with shooting and killing a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy earlier this year has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Frank Pawul, 32, fired the shots that killed Deputy Daniel McCartney during a chase following a home invasion in Fredrickson in January. Another suspect was killed.

    Two other people remain in custody and are awaiting trial.

    Pawul pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and related charges Friday morning. During his sentencing, he apologized for his actions and said he hoped everyone could forgive him someday.

    McCartney's wife, Cierra, spoke to the media after the sentencing Friday. 

    She said she is thankful for the community who showed support for her and her boys.

    She said her husband is a hero and the family has many challenges and they are trying to find joy in the midst of heartaches.

    The 34-year-old deputy was a Navy veteran and a father of three young boys. He also served six years with the Hoquiam Police Department before joining the Sheriff’s Office.

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