TACOMA – Prosecutors have now charged a man suspected of killing a Washington state deputy with aggravated first-degree murder after police say a weapon found at the scene was tied to the suspect.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that based on forensic testing the pistol used to kill Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney was among items linked to defendant Frank Pawul.
McCartney was shot to death Jan. 7 after responding to an armed home-invasion robbery in Frederickson. Police say another suspect, Henry Carden, was found with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say Pawul texted his getaway driver, Brenda Troyer, after the shooting and claimed that Carden had shot the deputy.
Troyer and Samantha Jones, who police say was with Troyer when she dropped off Pawul and Carden near the site of the home invasion, are also facing charges.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.