Deputy slain following home invasion

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A procession along Pacific Avenue attracted many onlookers who said prayers and shed tears as Deputy McCartney was escorted to Mountain View Memorial. Photo by Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Alexander McCartney was shot to death shortly before midnight Jan. 7, while he responded to a call about a burglary in progress in the Frederickson area.

A man and a woman have been arrested in the case. Another suspect died at the scene.

The incident started when emergency dispatchers received a 911 call about a home-invasion burglary at a home on 200th Street East at 11:25 p.m. on Jan. 7.

McCartney arrived, chased on foot and exchanged gunfire with the fleeing burglars. One man with a handgun was found dead near the scene. He was later identified as Henry Michael Carden.

McCartney was also shot and rushed to Tacoma’s St. Joseph Medical Center, where he died two hours later. A second burglar was not immediately located. The 32-year-old man, Frank William Pawul, was later arrested near the scene for having outstanding warrants and found to be in the Pierce County Jail. Investigators gathered enough evidence linking him to the shooting, so he was booked on first-degree murder charges. A woman was also arrested on the first-degree charge of rendering criminal assistance for allegedly serving as the getaway driver. She reportedly fled the scene without the men, forcing them to flee on foot as McCartney arrived.

McCartney, 34, had lateraled from the Hoquiam Police Department to Pierce County in 2014, where he had worked for six years after serving in the U.S. Navy.

Law enforcement officers from around the region on motorcycles and in police cruisers escorted the Central Pierce Fire and Rescue ambulance carrying McCartney from the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office to Mountain View Memorial on Tuesday. Honor guards will remain with him around the clock until the funeral.

“When those who protect us become vulnerable, everyone’s safety is undercut,” Sheriff Paul Pastor wrote in a message to the community. “The murder of Deputy Daniel McCartney reminds us of the vulnerability of those who wear a badge. All of us need to consider what we can do to protect our law enforcement officers and thus better secure the safety of everyone. There is a tremendous and heart-felt outpouring of concern and condolences over the loss of Deputy McCartney. I appreciate, and I respect, these expressions from throughout the community. But I believe that we also need to ask ourselves a more fundamental and far-reaching question: How can we take steps to reduce the risks to our law enforcement officers? What can we do to see that they are better protected and that all of us, in turn, are better protected?”

Celebration of Life Service for McCartney, open to the public, will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium.

Donations to McCartney’s family are being collected at TAPCO Credit Union and through tpcrimestoppers.com. He leaves behind a wife and three sons, ages 4, 6 and 9.

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