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Pierce County Sheriff's deputy dies after being shot during SWAT arrest

Pierce County government offices at the County City Building in Tacoma
Courtesy of Pierce County

One of two Pierce County Sheriff's deputies wounded in an exchange of gunfire as they tried to arrest a man south of Tacoma has died, authorities said Wednesday.

Dominique "Dom" Calata, 35, died following Tuesday's shootout in Spanaway, according to a statement from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs.

"Please pray for Dom and for all that knew him and love him," the statement on the law enforcement group's Facebook page said.

The News Tribune reports Calata was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma after the shooting. He had been with the sheriff's department for more than six years and was in the National Guard. Before that, Calata served five years in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, was married and had a 4-year-old son.

The other deputy was identified as Rich Scaniffe, 45. Scaniffe was in serious condition after undergoing surgery at the St. Joseph Medical Center. He is expected to survive.

Scaniffe has been with the department for 21 years. He is a patrol sergeant assigned to the Mountain detachment and commander of the SWAT team. Scaniffe is married and has a daughter in elementary school, officials said.

"These are guys who have a heart for public service," Sheriff Ed Troyer said. "It's a tragedy all the way around."

The suspect was killed in the shootout.

The deputies were helping the South Sound Gang Task Force serve a warrant to a 40-year-old man wanted for second-degree assault.

The man, who police said has prior felony convictions, was believed to be a candidate for the three strikes law. That means he would have faced life in prison if convicted of another crime.