December 28, 2009 in Region

Pierce County deputy wounded in ambush dies

Manuel Valdes Associated Press
 
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Kent Mundell
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SEATTLE — One of the Pierce County sheriff’s officers shot in an ambush by a drunken man has died after being taken off life support, a sheriff’s spokesman said Monday evening.

Deputy Kent Mundell suffered life-threatening injuries and had been hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle since the shooting a week ago. He died at 5:04 p.m. with his family by his side, Detective Ed Troyer said.

The shootings of Mundell and Sgt. Nick Hausner marked the third time in less than eight weeks that police officers in Washington state had been shot in the line of duty. Hausner was released from the hospital on Christmas Eve.

David E. Crable, 35, shot the two officers on the night of Dec. 21 before he was killed in the subsequent shoot-out, police said. Crable had a history of domestic violence and “terrorizing” his family, Troyer added. The officers had gone to the home of Crable’s brother near Eatonville, after family members called to have an intoxicated Crable removed.

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