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Two Deputies in Critical Condition After Gunbattle That Left Suspect Dead

Domestic violence call results in two deputies shot.

David Crable
David Crable was killed by the deputies after reportedly shooting both law enforcement officers. Photo: Pierce County Sheriff's Department

(EATONVILLE, Wash.) - Two deputies were ambushed Monday in a community still reeling from the loss of four police officers in a recent deadly shooting; Pierce County, Washington officials report that two of their deputies responding to a report of an unwanted guest in a home in the Eatonville area were shot.

Officials there say it happened at approximately 8:48 p.m.

"The initial call for assistance came from a man who was fighting with his brother. The officers were invited into the house. One of the occupants went upstairs, armed himself, and fired shots at the deputies from upstairs. Both deputies were seriously wounded, but managed to return fire, killing the suspect."

One deputy was airlifted to Harborview, and the other was transported by ground to Madigan, after being diverted from Tacoma General. Conditions of both of the deputies are unknown at this time.

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is mobilizing resources to support the investigation.

They say they have identified the man who was killed in the exchange of gunfire. He is identified as David E. Crable. Crable was killed after shooting at the deputies.

Local officials say the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center has been opened to support the officer-involved shooting.

Law enforcement agencies from across the county responded to the report of the officer involved shooting.

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Washington Deputy Fighting For His Life After Shooting Ambush - Tim King

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December 22, 2009 9:25 pm (Pacific time)

these poor deputies made a commitment yo thier work and did many people all over the nation are proud of them and that man David Crable deserved to be shot by the deputies we would like to thank the deputies for putting thir ilves uot at risk to save ours they are what make us the United States Of America.We thank you

Michael December 22, 2009 10:28 pm (Pacific time)

What is going on in Washington? Where do these idiot murderous thugs come from. We better not hear about how this latest creep was released after some earlier serious crimes!

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