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Hero Down: Pierce Co. Deputy Cooper Dyson Dies While Racing To Help Deputies

Pierce County Sheriff's Department Deputy Cooper Dyson joined the department in 2018.

Parkland, WA – Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) Deputy Cooper Dyson died in the line of duty on Saturday as he was responding to assist officers who were under attack.

The incident began just after 3 a.m., when the PCSD received a 911 call regarding a six-year-old disabled child who had been assaulted at a residence on 113th Street South, The Seattle Times reported.

The suspect was alleged to have multiple weapons inside the home, according to KOMO.

Within one minute of arriving on scene, the two deputies who responded to the call radioed for emergency backup and advised that they were under attack, PCSD Detective Ed Troyer explained.

Deputy Dyson, 25, was the first one to race to their aid, KOMO reported.

As he was responding, his fellow deputies radioed that the suspect was trying to access a shotgun he had inside the home, and that the fight was still underway.

“He had his lights and siren on,” Det. Troyer told KIRO. “No other cars on the road.”

Investigators said they believe Deputy Dyson hydroplaned on the wet roadway as he was desperately racing to help his comrades.

His patrol vehicle barrel-rolled and went airborne before it slammed into a building in the 1300-block of 112th Street East and burst into flames, KOMO reported.

Deputy Dyson, who was trapped inside his vehicle, died at the scene.

“By the time anybody got here, it was fully engulfed,” Det. Troyer said, according to KIRO. “The car burned and he lost his life.”

The domestic violence suspect the other PCSD deputies were fighting with was ultimately arrested, The Seattle Times reported.

The deputies did not suffer any significant injuries.

“This is a tremendously sad loss,” Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a press release. “Our Deputy was responding to help other Deputies in a dangerous domestic violence situation. It is another hard reminder of the dangers and difficulties our Deputies face.”

Det. Troyer said that Deputy Dyson was “a good guy” who was the victim of “an unfortunate series of events,” KOMO reported.

He leaves behind his two-year-old son, as well as his wife, who is due to give birth to the couple’s daughter in less than three weeks, according to The Seattle Times.

“This is truly heartbreaking for their family and our department,” Det. Troyer told KOMO.

Donations for the fallen deputy’s family can be made through Paypal on the Tacoma Pierce County Crimestoppers page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Cooper Dyson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Holly Matkin - December Sun, 2019


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