Sheriff: SWAT deputy shot in Spanaway on Tuesday dies from his injuries
SPANAWAY, Wash. - Pierce County law enforcement officials have identified the two SWAT deputies who were shot in Spanaway on Tuesday.
Sheriff Ed Troyer told FOX 13 that 35-year-old deputy Dominique "Dom" Calata died from his injuries around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
"We are heartbroken to announce that Deputy Dominique Calata has passed away. There is no procession scheduled for today, information about a procession and memorial will be shared at a later time," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department wrote in a statement.
Troyer said there would be no procession on Wednesday to allow time for Calata's organs to be donated.
Around 12 p.m., a SWAT operation occurred at the Rainier Villa mobile home park in Spanaway near Pacific Ave S and 190th St Ct S.
Deputies tried to arrest a 40-year-old man for an investigation of a felony assault, but shots were fired, and two deputies were injured.
The suspect, later identified as Jeremy Dayton, was shot and killed.
The two deputies, 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.
Calata was reported as ‘gravely injured,' for all of Tuesday. Troyer reported that he died from his injuries on Wednesday.
"We should prepare for the worst," Troyer said of Calata, during a media briefing on Tuesday.
Troyer said both families have been notified.
According to Troyer, Calata had been with the department for seven years. He served in the National Guard and Army before joining the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. He has been with the SWAT team for four years. Calata left behind a wife and a young son.
Calata was a "big-hearted, great guy, who got into the job for the right reasons," Troyer said.
Scaniffe has been with the department for just over two decades and has an elementary-school-aged daughter. He's a SWAT team commodore and a patrol sergeant in the mountain detachment. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says he has been with the SWAT team for 14 years.
The sheriff's department asked for prayers for their recovery.
"Our department members are appreciative and thankful for the support our community has shown us during this difficult time," the sheriff's department wrote on Facebook.
Troyer believes the suspect involved was a "three-strikes" candidate and had a felony warrant for assault with a firearm.
The suspect apparently got out of a car and opened fire on police when they were trying to arrest him, Troyer said.
"We knew he was dangerous and that’s why we used a small contingent of our SWAT team. We do that so other people don’t get hurt," Troyer said.
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