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Man, woman charged with murder in shooting death of Pierce County deputy

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TACOMA, WA (AP) - Authorities in Washington state have charged a man with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy.

The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office says 32-year-old Frank Pawul was also charged Thursday with kidnapping and unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of county Deputy Daniel McCartney.

Pawul's bail was set at $5 million.

Alleged getaway driver Brenda Troyer was also charged Thursday with murder and kidnapping. Her bail was set at $2 million.

Charging documents say McCartney was dispatched to break-in with residents inside a mobile home southeast of Tacoma Sunday night.

He arrived in six minutes and shortly thereafter made a "shots fired" call over his radio. Deputies responding to the call found McCartney with a fatal gunshot wound.

Also killed was Henry Carden, who authorities say took part in the incident and later shot himself in the head.


PIERCE COUNTY, WA Detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department have identified a 32-year-old male suspect as being responsible for the murder of Deputy Daniel McCartney. The suspect is in custody for unrelated warrants and detectives are in the process of upgrading his booking charges to Murder in the 1st degree.

At approximately 8:10 a.m. this morning a suspicious male was observed by a Washington State Trooper who was working traffic control in the area of the 20300 block of 42nd Ave. E. A PCSD patrol sergeant contacted the man, who had three active warrants for his arrest. The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail for his warrants.

Detectives worked throughout the day to determine if the man was involved in any way with the homicide, and have developed probable cause to book him on the murder of the deputy. They are continuing to develop additional leads and will continue working throughout the evening.


OLYMPIA, WA - Governor Jay Inslee released a statement about the deadly incident in Pierce County.

He says, "Early this morning Pierce County lost one of their finest in the line of duty. Trudi and I are saddened and praying for the deputy’s young family as they grieve the loss of their husband and father. Deputy Daniel A. McCartney was serving and protecting his community, responding to a burglary call when the suspects reportedly opened fire and murdered him. His bravery is is echoed across Washington every day, as our law enforcement officers run towards the danger in service of making Washington a safer place. I ask all Washingtonians to join me and Trudi in holding in our hearts Deputy McCartney’s family, the men and women at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department who serve alongside Deputy McCartney, and all those who serve in law enforcement across our state."


PIERCE COUNTY, WA - Police say 34-year-old Daniel McCartney died after getting shot Sunday night. 
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department posted on its Facebook page early that the deputy was shot just after 11:30 p.m. during a foot chase after responding to a 911 call for a home invasion.  Medics took the deputy to a hospital in Tacoma before he died. 

McCartney served with the sheriff's office for three years, is a Navy veteran, and has three young boys. 
The department asked in a Facebook posting that the deputy's family, friends, and the department be kept in people's thoughts and prayers.
Officials say two suspects were involved in the home invasion in the Frederickson area, about 15 miles southeast of Tacoma. One suspect was found dead at the scene and another is on the loose and being sought by authorities.