Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A great place for police: 2 cops shot -- Eatonville, WA

Two Pierce County sheriff's deputies were in critical condition early today after they were "ambushed" while responding to a domestic-violence call, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The shooting suspect, identified as 35-year-old David E. Crable, was shot and killed in the Monday night shootout, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A deputy, shot multiple times, was in critical condition after being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A sergeant, shot once, was in stable condition at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis. He has spoken with investigators, according to a law-enforcement source.

The Sheriff's Department did not immediately identify either deputy.

The officers were responding to a report of an "unwanted guest" at a home near Tanwax Lake, 7 miles north of Eatonville and about 18 miles south of Puyallup. The call apparently was placed by Crable's brother, who invited the deputies into the home.

But Crable, armed with a handgun and a rifle, opened fire at 9:07 p.m. from upstairs in the house, Troyer said. Both deputies returned fire.

"The brother who was upstairs came down opening fire," Troyer said. "One brother basically ambushed our deputies."


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