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Cause of Deputy's Death Could Take Weeks to Find

Cause of Deputy's Death Could Take Weeks to Find

The Seattle Times via YellowBrix

March 05, 2011

PIERCE COUNTY, WA – It could take at least six weeks to determine whether the death Thursday of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was related to an injury he suffered last year in the line of duty.

Shandon Wright, 29, was at home recovering from surgery to repair a shoulder injury when he died, said Sgt. Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Troyer, Wright was at home with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when he began to have trouble breathing. Paramedics sent to his South Hill home were unable to save him, Troyer said.

“We lost an excellent young deputy,” said Troyer on Friday. “Shandon Wright served with us for only five years, but he served this community with strength and intelligence and heart.”

Wright, a five-year veteran of the department, was injured Aug. 19 when he responded to a report of an unwanted party guest at a home in the 1700 block of 5th Avenue East in Spanaway, police and prosecutors say. During a struggle with the suspect, Wright’s shoulder was injured, Troyer said.

The suspect, Erik Michael Blake, 31, was arrested for investigation of obstruction, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, prosecutors said.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction in Pierce County District Court, according to court documents.

An autopsy Friday did not reveal the cause of death. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting the results of further tests, including toxicology, which could take at least six weeks.

If the cause is directly related to the injury he suffered last year, prosecutors will consider whether charges could be filed against Blake in connection with the deputy’s death, said Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist.

He said prosecutors would have to prove Wright’s death was a direct and foreseeable result of the injury he suffered during the struggle with Blake.

“The question will be whether the defendant’s actions were proximate cause of deputy’s death and whether the chain of causation was broken by a new independent cause,” Lindquist said.

At this point, new charges appear unlikely, he added.

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Troyer said Wright’s death — after the Dec. 21, 2009, slaying of Pierce County sheriff’s Deputy Kent Mundell and the murders of four Lakewood police officers in November 2009 — has delivered a deep “sense of loss” in the law-enforcement community.

“In the last two years, our law-enforcement family has seen far too much loss,” Troyer said.


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    Straightshooter

    over 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Shandon Wright. My Prayers for your Family,friends and coworkers

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in Peace. If the surgery was for the original LOD injury, than it is LOD related at the least.

    "Stay in the Fight"

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    Fredder

    over 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    RIP. My thoughts are with your family during this time.

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    No matter what the cause, God Bless Leo Wright and his family.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace, Deputy Wright. Our prayers are for your family, friends and department as they pass thru this time of grief. May they feel the arms of Jesus wrapped around each one of them.

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    RLW

    over 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    Rip Brother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    walvira

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    RIP!! My prayers are with his wife, daughter and family.

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    gman3858

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother.

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    kadan

    over 3 years ago

    626 Comments

    RIP Deputy Wright. You will be sorely missed.

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    bluebrother

    over 3 years ago

    774 Comments

    Rest with God Deputy Wright. Peace, comfort, strength to your family. God bless your wife and little daughter.

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    thors45

    over 3 years ago

    400 Comments

    I received an email from policelink.com listing FOUR deaths of police officers. Some days it's more than one can bear. RIP friends, brothers.

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    milcop

    over 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother Prayers to your family

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