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Two Deputies ‘Ambushed’ in Wa., Perp Killed

Two Deputies ‘Ambushed’ in Wa., Perp Killed

Washington State Patrol and Lakewood Police officers light flares at a roadblock near the scene of a shooting that involved two Pierce County Sheriff's deputies, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, near Eatonville, Wash (AP Photo)

The Seattle Times via YellowBrix

December 22, 2009

EATONVILLE, Pierce County — Two Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were seriously wounded late Monday after they were “ambushed” while responding to a domestic-violence call, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The shooting suspect, identified as 35-year-old David E. Crable, was shot and killed in the Monday night shootout near Eatonville, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A deputy, shot multiple times, was in critical condition early Tuesday morning after being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was undergoing surgery, Troyer said.

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A sergeant, a longtime veteran, was shot once and was in stable condition at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis. He has spoken with investigators, according to a law-enforcement source.

The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately identify either deputy, but both are reportedly married and have children.

The sheriff’s deputies were responding to a report of an “unwanted guest” at a home near Tanwax Lake, 7 miles north of Eatonville and about 18 miles south of Puyallup. The call apparently was placed by Crable’s brother. When deputies arrived at the house, Crable’s brother invited them into the home.

But Crable, armed with a handgun and a rifle, opened fire at 9:07 p.m. from upstairs in the house, Troyer said. Both deputies, who were wearing bullet proof vests, returned fire.

“The brother who was upstairs came down opening fire,” Troyer said. “One brother basically ambushed our deputies.”

A 16-year-old girl, identified as Crable’s daughter, also was in the house.

After gunfire erupted, the girl and Crable’s brother dragged one of the wounded deputies into an adjoining room, barred the door, began first aid and called 911, said Troyer.

“They went out of their way to help him,” Troyer said.

Neighbors also gave aid to the wounded deputies.

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  • Sitting_050_max50


    over 5 years ago


    God's speed in your healing! To all officers please remember this time of year is depressing for a lot of people. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I think it reinforces the thought that you cannot let your guard down anywhere. If you are in that uniform, you are a target.

  • Hpqscan0002_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I wanted to wish the officers all the best and quick recovery from their injuries, god bless and come home soon.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I'm saddened for the officers and wish them a good recovery. DV calls are always dangerous and must be assumed as such always.
    Proper procedure would have been to get all the party's outside the house and identify the aggresor (or so that was what I was taught).

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    Get well soon my brothers

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    This sort of thing is happening all too often. After the investigation is complete
    it'll probably be determined there was underlying psycological problems that caused this horrendous assault. Sooner or later the people who have these tendencies will have to be dealt with long before they go on these rampages.

  • Untitled_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I don't understand, how can you shoot, let alone ambush, the people who protect you? That just doesn't make any sense to me, and it's completely mind boggling. I send out all my best wishes to the families and to the officers who were shot. Hang in there guys, you'll pull through, I know it.

  • Cdcr_badge_max50


    over 5 years ago


    ANOTHER AMBUSH?!?!...This seems to be happening more and more lately. Stay safe out there brothers and sisters.

    Get well soon.

  • Meangreen01_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Get well soon brothers.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 5 years ago


    My prayers ask for the speedy recovery and return to the department for the wounded Deputies. Please, a plea from an old cop, all you guys working today wear your body armor, watch your partner at all times and never consider any situation a normal situation. May god watch over you at all times.

  • Bmg_logo_100x100_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Another S**T Bag off the streets....My prayers go out to the involved officers and their families.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Great work by those helping the injured Deputies. I wish them a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers go out to them amd their families.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    Good job by the Deputies and best wishes for a quick recovery.

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This is so sickening. What the heck is going on with these nuts! That's why I'm for the death penalty, these POC idiots may think twice if they know they are going to be fried. Our LEO's are being set up and looks like it's going to continue. I pray for their speedy recovery.

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Speedy recovery to the Deputies. Glad they survived.

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