Authorities launched a dragnet after a Washington state sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while chasing a pair of suspected burglars late Sunday, police said.
The deputy, identified as 34-year-old Daniel A. McCartney, was responding to a home invasion about 11:25 p.m. when he began chasing two burglars, Q13FOX reported. Dispatchers heard screaming and a scuffle during the initial 911 call.
Several shots were fired during the chase, striking McCartney. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Heartbroken to report Deputy Daniel McCartney, #484, lost his life overnight while courageously protecting citizens of Pierce Co.,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
It’s unclear if the deputy was able to return fire at the suspects, who were not immediately identified. The second suspected burglar police are hunting was described as tall and thin with curly dark hair in a ponytail and “pock marks” on the right side of his face.
One of the burglars was found dead near the scene, and a handgun was recovered. Police are still searching for the second burglar. It was unclear which of the suspects shot the deputy, or if both fired at him.
McCartney joined the force in 2014 and leaves behind a wife and three sons, police said.
“Deputy, Father, Husband, Son, Friend, Brother. Hero,” police said. “We are heartbroken but steadfast in our pursuit of justice.”
The incident prompted Bethel schools to be canceled as authorities hunt for the second burglar.