TACOMA, Wash. - The surviving SWAT deputy who was shot in Spanaway on Tuesday whiles issuing a warrant has been released from the hospital.
Pierce County Sgt. Rich Scaniffe (45) and Dep. Dom Calata (35) 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.
Calata died from his injuries the following day, surrounded by loved ones and his brothers and sisters in blue. His organs were donated.
On Friday, Scaniffe was released from the hospital. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department released video of him being escorted out of the hospital in a walker by his fellow SWAT Team members.
"He was hurt really bad. I don't think people understand how close it was. The other thing they don't know is that that SWAT team members saved Rich’s life that day because I talked to the surgeon at the hospital and what the other SWAT team members did saved his life -- if they didn't take action right away, if they weren't properly trained if they didn’t know what they were doing he could’ve easily passed away on the way to the hospital. So kudos to those guys taking care of Rich when he needed them," Sgt. Darren Moss with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.
"Thanks to the amazing work by the medical staff, doctors, and nurses, he is going home after just three days. Now he begins the difficult journey of recovery," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department wrote on Twitter.
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