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Second Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting by Pierce County Deputy

Police investigate the fatal shooting of a Pierce County Deputy in Frederickson on January 8, 2018 (KOMO Photo)

FREDERICKSON, Wash. – A suspected gunman believed to have been fatally shot by police in the Pierce County Sheriff's Office

The 32-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. after a police officer from the Washington State Patrol discovered him and noticed he was suspicious, according to Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

The soldier was guarding an intersection near where the police had established a search perimeter along 42nd Avenue. E in the hours after the shooting and contacted the man. The man originally gave a false name, but the investigators finally determined that he was wanted by three Shelton orders, officials said. The man was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail.

The arrested man has a long criminal record for convictions that include theft, drugs, identity theft and attempted theft. He has been identified as Frank William Pawul, and records from the Pierce County Jail show that he has been hired to investigate a first-degree murder. Troyer confirmed that Pawul is the man arrested on Monday.

"It's been a long night," said Troyer. "It's a sigh of relief."

A second suspect was found dead near deputy Daniel McCartney. Troyer would identify the suspect only as a man of 34 or 35 years.

Detectives spent the day collecting evidence they believe makes the suspect in the shooting, Troyer said.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor credited the "intelligence and heart" of his department in making the arrest.

"They had a brother they took away, they intensified," Pastor said.

The suspect name has not been published.

"We have the second suspect in custody, and people can rest a little longer," Troyer said.

The incident began late Sunday night when McCartney answered around 11:30 p.m. to a 911 call during which the dispatchers could hear screaming and some kind of altercation. McCartney arrived at the house at 200th Street East and chased two fleeing suspects, but was shot dead during the pursuit while the suspects responded.

More officers arrived at the scene and found McCartney severely wounded by gunfire. He was transferred in critical condition to the St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he died later.

Officers also found one of the two suspects at the scene dying of one or more gunshot wounds. They provided first aid, but the suspect died.

The second suspect fled the scene and a chase ensued.

Two weapons have been recovered at the scene that police believe were used to shoot McCartney.

But Troyer said more investigation is needed to determine what weapon was used to kill the deputy.

McCartney, the injured deputy, resided in Yelm and was a three-year veteran of the force. Leave behind a wife and three children aged 4, 6 and 9, said the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

McCartney, a Navy veteran, previously served as a police officer in Hoquiam for six years. Hoquiam Police Sgt. Jeff Salstrom told KXRO Radio: "Dan was a good guy and a good police officer, and more importantly, he was an extremely devoted father."

"He was one of the people from our agency who stepped forward and took a step forward," said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. "He believed in what he did, he did what he believed."

Troyer said that McCartney demonstrated exemplary courage in pursuing two armed criminals.

"He went after them … that's what they pay us for, go and go after the bad guys," said Troyer. "I knew he was facing criminals, when he persecuted them he knew what he was doing, that's what we do."

Troyer said police plan to search the house where the robbery call originated. He said the records show that the deputies have responded to the home on several occasions.

Meanwhile, the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.

Troyer said that a fund for the McCartney family was established through Tapco Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch of the credit union or online through the Tacoma / Pierce County Crime Stoppers website.

As a precautionary measure, all schools in the Bethel School District were closed for that day. They are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

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