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Pierce County cop dead after confrontation with burglary suspects

Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Pierce County Sheriff's Department posted this photo to their Facebook page, announcing the death of Deputy Daniel A. McCartney.

A burglary investigation that began Sunday night southwest of Tacoma ended with the death of a Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy.

34 year old Daniel McCartney of Yelm, Wash. died in surgery for gunshot wounds at St. Joseph's Medical Center.

He served in the Pierce County Sheriff's Office for nearly four years. He's also a Navy veteran and a married father of three sons.

After McCartney was taken to the hospital, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastour called the shooting a loss to the entire community.

One of the robbery suspects, identified as a white male, also died during the confrontation with the officer.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the search continues in the Spanaway and Fredrickson areas of Pierce County as officers and K-9 units look for a suspect. 

There are road closures as a result, and the Bethel School District has closed its schools for the rest of the day Monday.