Local law enforcement agencies and communities throughout Washington state are reacting after two SWAT deputies with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department were shot in Spanaway, one of whom died from his injuries Wednesday.
Sheriff Ed Troyer confirmed that 35-year-old Deputy Dominique "Dom" Calata died Wednesday afternoon.
Calata and 45-year-old Sgt. Richard "Rich" Scaniffe, were rushed to St. Joseph Medical Center. According to the sheriff's department, Scaniffe underwent surgery for serious injuries but is expected to survive.
The suspect, who was later identified as Jeremy Dayton, was shot and killed.
"[Dom] was all about service… and I'll tell you where that comes from—after meeting his parents, his parents are something," said Troyer at a briefing outside St. Joseph on Wednesday. "They stood by his side, and they’re very happy with us and the citizens of Pierce County, and told me how much he loved his job. It starts at home."
"We're all family here… my dad works here, my brother works here," said Sgt. Darren Moss. "I grew up in this community… I love this department, I love all of our deputies. I love Sgt. Rich Scaniffe, I love Deputy Dom Calata."
"If you saw the picture that we released today—that smile—that smile is Dom in a nutshell," Moss laughed. "I don't want to make fun of him, but he's not this big, tough-looking guy… he's really nice. He's one of the nicest people I've been around, so, I would want people to remember him for that. He was a good man."
Several local agencies and leaders shared their support for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and offering condolences to the loss of Calata.
Agencies in Bellevue, Renton, Snohomish County, Pierce County, Lacey, Bothell, Everett and Gig Harbor sent their well-wishes, as well as Washington State Patrol and the state National Guard.
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