The man charged with the shooting death of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel A. McCartney in January plead guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.
Frank William Pawul, 33, will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for aggravated murder in the first-degree, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Pawul was one of three suspects on trial for the death of McCartney, 34, who lived in Yelm with his wife and children.
“This hearing marks a step in the journey for justice for Daniel,” Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a release Friday. “But it is not the last step. Two other co-defendants remain in custody and are awaiting trial.
“With this sentencing, it is intended that Frank Pawul will never be allowed back into the community again. Hopefully, that knowledge will bring a small amount of comfort to all of us as we continue to grieve Daniel’s loss.”
McCartney was fatally shot in the late night of Jan. 7 when he responded to a report of a home invasion.
Dispatchers said they could hear screaming and sounds of a scuffle according to the sheriff’s office. McCartney arrived on scene to the 5100 block of 200th Street East, near Fredrickson within six minutes of the call and began to chase two suspects, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer said. Gunfire broke out about three minutes into the chase, leaving one suspect, Henry Michael Carden, 35, dead lying next to a handgun, one suspect on the run and McCartney with only hours to live.
The shootout left McCartney with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and passed away shortly after 2 a.m.
Pastor said there was no reduction in charges or deal in this case and McCartney’s wife was included in discussions prior to the plea.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office live streamed the sentencing hearing on their Facebook page.
Fifty-two-year-old Brenda Troyer, the alleged getaway driver, is still awaiting trial as is Samantha Jones, 29, who was allegedly a passenger in the vehicle that took Pawul and Garden to the house that night.