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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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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace, you will never be forgotten.

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    Gearhart

    over 3 years ago

    344 Comments

    RIP Deputy. Will be forever remembered.

    I don't think the suspect could have foreseen this event over a year ago.

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    Gin65

    over 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    Rest in peace! Such a terrible thing to happen, such a young person! He sure had a lot more life to live and enjoy! My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and young daughter!

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    MidnightMike

    over 3 years ago

    470 Comments

    Rough one...I doubt anybody anticipated this after shoulder surgery. My sympathies to his family, friends, and fellow officers. R.I.P. Deputy Wright, may we never forget your service.

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    RIP Sir. Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten. My prayers go out to your family, friends, department and community.

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    In Valor There Is Hope

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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    God Speed Brother...

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    bsears

    over 3 years ago

    9586 Comments

    RIP

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16562 Comments

    So sad.... R.I.P. Deputy Wright

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50490 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Wright.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42238 Comments

    Rest In Peace.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    RIP my young brother.

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    bill9823

    over 3 years ago

    2118 Comments

    R.I.P.

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