A Washington state deputy was shot and killed while confronting a pair of burglars late Sunday, police said. It appears the Deputy was responding to a report of a residential burglary at the home when he was shot and killed.
Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the search continues in the Spanaway and Fredrickson areas of Pierce County as officers and K-9 units look for a suspect described only as a black male.
It was not immediately known who shot one of the suspects, or whether the deputy managed to return fire. He's also a Navy veteran and a married father of three. An active manhunt is under way for his suspected shooter.
Law enforcement recovered one of the suspects' weapons from the scene. All roads around the area reopened around 6:40 a.m., except for 200th Street East which will remain closed from 42nd Avenue to 50th Avenue while police continue their investigation.
"This man lived a life of duty and obligation and sacrifice", said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor.
Bethel School District canceled all classes for Monday out of "an abundance of caution", it reported on its Facebook page. The deputy had been transported to a hospital in Tacoma before he died.
A legacy fund has been set up at TAPCO Credit Union for the fallen deputy's family.