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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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    2386

    over 3 years ago

    250 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    captainbud

    over 3 years ago

    420 Comments

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

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    Cap701

    over 3 years ago

    116 Comments

    As you departed the bonds of this earth and touched the face of God, know that the service and dedication you had for your department, its fellow officers and the citizens of your community will never be forgotten. May God comfort in this time of sorrow your family, your fellow officers and all those whose lives you have touched. RIP brother, we’ll take it from here.

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    bsibley

    over 3 years ago

    620 Comments

    RIP Deputy Wright. My prayers to your family during ths difficult time.

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    MP247

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Wright

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    FBD183

    over 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    rest in peace brother

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    staratwar

    over 3 years ago

    66 Comments

    RIP

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    boritico

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    ksphatcop

    over 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    robertcan

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    Rest in peace, Deputy and thank you for your service!

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    Truds

    over 3 years ago

    100 Comments

    Sigh. Rest in peace sir. Your watch is just beginning.

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    Rscheiterle

    over 3 years ago

    1822 Comments

    RIP Deputy

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    DocThomas

    over 3 years ago

    2122 Comments

    Rest in Peace.

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Another in a long list of heroes to pass from this world into the "Eternal Life" . God Bless the Family .

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