Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney

There’s good news in the investigation of the fatal shooting of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney in Washington State. A suspect believed to have been involved in the shooting has been caught.

The Death of Daniel McCartney

As we reported previously, Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney responded to a 911 call on January 7, 2018 about a home invasion in Fredrickson, Washington.

It’s estimated that McCartney arrived on the scene around 11:31 p.m. Details on what happened next haven’t been confirmed, but it’s known that McCartney pursued two suspects. And that, three minutes later, shots were fired.

When backup arrived, 34-year-old McCartney was found seriously injured and a 35-year-old suspect, Henry Carden, was found dead with a handgun nearby.

Sadly, McCartney was pronounced dead just after 2:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Police Track Down Suspect

Shortly after Deputy McCartney was found, a manhunt was launched to find the second suspect.

The search did not take long. Shortly after our initial report, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department announced that it had 32-year-old Frank William Pawul in custody.

A state trooper was the first to come upon Pawul a distance from the scene, who gave a false name. His real identity was soon discovered.

As of this writing, he has yet to be charged with the murder of Daniel McCartney. Pawul is currently being held in custody due to unrelated felony warrants. Further investigation has tied him to the shooting and there may now be probable cause to charge him in the case.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for more information about the shooting. If you have any info, you are encouraged to call its tip line at 1-855-798-8477.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been created at TAPCO Credit Union to help out McCartney’s wife and three children financially. Donations can be made at any TAPCO Credit Union branch or via PayPal.