Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney was shot just after 11:30 p.m. while responding to a call reporting a home intruder, a sheriff's office official said. In the 911 call, "dispatchers could hear screaming and a scuffle taking place," the sheriff's office said.
McCartney, the first deputy to arrive, became involved in a foot chase with a suspect, "during which shots were fired and the deputy was struck," the sheriff's office said. He was taken to a hospital in Tacoma and died, the sheriff's office said.
Pierce Co Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McCartney #484— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) January 8, 2018
34 yrs old, survived by wife & 3 young sons#PCSD since 2014, previously Hoquiam PD officer, Navy veteran
Deputy, Father, Husband, Son, Friend, Brother. Hero.
We are heartbroken but steadfast in our pursuit of justice. pic.twitter.com/jX4UU9hvm5
Two suspects were involved, one of whom was also shot and died at the scene, the sheriff's office said.
The deceased suspect is between 34 and 35 years old but will not be identified until next of kin has been notified, officials said.
A manhunt ensued for the second suspect, who a sheriff's office official stressed should be considered armed and dangerous.
Updated suspect description in murder of #PCSD deputy: Unidentified male, mixed race or white, tall, thin, curly dark hair in ponytail, large pointy nose, pock marks on right side of face; wearing dark hooded sweatshirt, black beanie. Call in tips to 855-798-8477.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) January 8, 2018
The suspect was found in a search area many miles away from the shooting scene after he gave a state trooper a fake name, according to Pierce County authorities. He was then arrested for obstructing justice and was later booked into jail on first-degree murder charges, officials said. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Investigators also found a second weapon and now have weapons from both suspects, according to the sheriff's office. It is unclear who fired the shots that struck and killed the deputy, officials said.
It is unclear if more suspects were involved in the shooting, authorities said.
A school district in the area said it canceled classes for today because of the ongoing police investigation.
McCartney, 34, was a married Navy veteran with three sons, ages 4, 6 and 9, a sheriff's office official said. He had been with the sheriff's office for four years, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said.
Heartbroken to report Deputy Daniel McCartney, #484, lost his life overnight while courageously protecting citizens of Pierce Co. Deputy McCartney was 34 yrs old, married, father of 3 young boys, proud Navy vet, #PCSD deputy since 2014. Keep his family in your thoughts & prayers. pic.twitter.com/BkndHycGie— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) January 8, 2018
"This was a murder," Pastor told reporters.
"Take a minute and think about what it means to stand up and step forward ... to live a life of duty and obligation and sacrifice as deputy McCartney did," Pastor said. "This man stepped forward and he lost his life as a result of working to protect the community."
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter, "We are with his family now, and we ask that you please keep his family, friends, and our department in your thoughts and prayers."
It is with incredible sadness that inform you that our deputy has passed away from his injuries. We are with his family now, and we ask that you please keep his family, friends, and our department in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/BMkKkE8qji— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) January 8, 2018
Condolences have poured in for the fallen deputy.
GCSO honors @PierceSheriff Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCartney who was killed in the line of duty overnight while answering a call for a robbery near Spanaway. We're sending our prayers to his family and coworkers. pic.twitter.com/PvRlvCO3oO— Grant County Sheriff (@GrantCoSheriff) January 8, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and the family of Deputy Daniel McCartney, as they mourn the loss of a husband, father, son, brother and great deputy. pic.twitter.com/1o6dmMAsj3— Chelan Sheriff (@chelansheriff) January 8, 2018
Your FFs responded after a deputy was shot last night. We rushed Deputy McCartney to Tacoma. We all have worked closely with Deputy Daniel McCartney and this affects all of us. We are deeply saddened by his loss. Our thoughts are with his family, friends & colleagues. #EOW pic.twitter.com/AICxGtO9yV— Pierce County Firefighters (@IAFF726) January 8, 2018
Heartbroken to hear of the senseless murder of Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney responding to a home invasion last night. My thoughts & prayers are with his family, @PierceSheriff & our community. I wish a safe & speedy resolution as a manhunt is underway for the suspect.— Dave Reichert (@davereichert) January 8, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the family and friends of Deputy Daniel McCartney. Deputy McCartney made the ultimate sacrifice this morning in performance of his duties. Thank you for your selfless service. pic.twitter.com/L6Cz2dBBAL— Lewis County Sheriff (@LCSheriff) January 8, 2018