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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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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11356 Comments

    RIP Brother and condolences to the family...

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Rest in Peace...

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    fraustr1

    over 3 years ago

    532 Comments

    R.I.P

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    amramhakohen

    over 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    Is there a charity we can give to for his little girl and wife?

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    PONCH

    over 3 years ago

    676 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    Djfludd

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

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    bluesclue4u

    over 3 years ago

    56 Comments

    RIP
    He is in a better place.
    May the Lord be with you,and us at home will take care of those left behind in the Lords name,Amen.

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    bobska

    over 3 years ago

    660 Comments

    RIP Brother, Please God look over his family and keep them safe!

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    Blueblood1974

    over 3 years ago

    5204 Comments

    rip

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother

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    gyeh

    over 3 years ago

    446 Comments

    Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace

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    Angelonthewall

    over 3 years ago

    710 Comments

    My prayers go out to Deputy Wright's family, friends and fellow law enforcement. RIP.

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    FloEW

    over 3 years ago

    1042 Comments

    Rest In Peace.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11220 Comments

    R.I.P., Deputy Wright.

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