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Sgt. And Deputy Badly Hurt After Wash. Shooting

Sgt. And Deputy Badly Hurt After Wash. Shooting

Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer talks to reporters near the scene of a shooting that involved two Pierce County Sheriff's deputies. (AP Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

December 23, 2009

SEATTLE — For the third time in less than eight weeks, police officers in the state have been shot in the line of duty, this time by a man who was drunk and waiting to ambush them as they arrived to remove him from his brother’s home, authorities said Tuesday.

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David E. Crable, 35, shot two sheriff’s officers Monday night before he was killed in the subsequent shoot-out, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Crable has a history of domestic violence and “terrorizing” his family, he added.

“He knew the officers were coming; he intentionally hid it, he waited for them to get inside, then he opened fire — at least 10 rounds — on both of them,” Troyer said.

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Many of the deputies who rushed to the rural cabin had investigated the fatal shootings of four Lakewood police officers just three weeks before, he said.

“I think some people, when the call went out, didn’t believe it was real,” Troyer said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Hausner, 43, and Deputy Kent Mundell, 44, were wounded after responding to the domestic disturbance call at the home near the town of Eatonville, in the Cascade foothills about 50 miles south of Seattle.

Hausner was in stable condition late Tuesday at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma and Mundell was in critical condition with life-threatening wounds at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, Troyer said.

Troyer said Crable’s 15-year-old daughter was staying at the home of Crable’s brother, who was identified in court papers as Edward J. Crable. The brother called deputies to have an intoxicated Crable removed from the home, and Crable initially agreed to leave with the officers.


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    AZmeangreen

    over 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Get well soon.

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    jd_tech05

    over 4 years ago

    138 Comments

    Get ready guys and gals, it seems that the old west is starting a comeback. I mean, I knew the eighties were on their way back but never did I imagine it was the 1880's they were taling about. The idea of clearing houses and patroling in squads like they do in iraq and afghanastan doesn't seem so far fetched anymore. All jokes aside, I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for the deputies. I know it's been extremely rough on our brothers and sisters in the northwest.

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    I hope these Officers will have a speedy recovery.. Glad they were able to take the suspect out. Stay safe everyone..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I think we all pray for this to end Jonas!

    Get well soon!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10922 Comments

    Bump Jonas. Get well soon, guys !!

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    TGman

    over 4 years ago

    594 Comments

    Washington's gettin hit hard.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Speedy recovery Officers.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Get well soon brothers... You belong in the street...

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41192 Comments

    All I want for Christmas is for this insanity to end.

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    BSPD88

    over 4 years ago

    2206 Comments

    I pray for a healthy recovery. Stay safe out there !

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    suprtrkr

    over 4 years ago

    672 Comments

    This unfortunately won't be the last. To many copy-cat people are out there. Sad but true.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    This is unheard of in our state.

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    Pappy07

    over 4 years ago

    252 Comments

    That area is seriously FUed, Sorry to hear about the Deputies being wounded but GLAD that POS was killed. Enough is enough.

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    leo52011

    over 4 years ago

    608 Comments

    Stay safe everybody...I doubt this is the end.

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