Officials say ballistics test results tie suspect to murder of Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy
February 06, 2018
(TACOMA, WA.) – The Pierce County Sheriff’s offuce has announced that ballistics test results show that the bullet that killed Deputy Daniel McCartney on January 7th as McCartney was chasing home invader suspects, was fired by a gun found about 175 ft from him and that the firearm was discovered at that distance “along a path of items that can be tied to suspect Frank Pawul.”
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Murder suspect Frank Pawul, back to camera and circled in red, in court in Tacoma today where prosecutors charged him with aggravated first-degree murder in the shooting death of Deputy Daniel McCartney.
The firearm was one of two guns found at the scene. Another suspect, Henry Carden, was found dead at the scene and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Pawul was in court today where prosecutors charged him with aggravated first-degree murder in the shooting death of McCartney. A conviction on that charge can result in the death penalty for a defendant.
Late Sunday evening Jan. 7, 2018 Deputy McCartney was shot and critically injured while responding to a 911 call about intruders into a home in Frederickson, in Pierce County.
In pursuit of two intruders, McCartney exchanged gunfire with at least one suspect and was critically wounded. He passed away hours later at a Tacoma hospital.
The Pierce County Sheriff's office said Deputy McCartney, a 34-year husband and father of three children was wearing body armor that night but he was shot above the armor and "could not have survived the wound."
McCartney was on patrol alone that evening. Sheriff Pastor has since said his department is understaffed and spread thin due to the large geographic area his deputes have to patrol.