(ConservativeHub.com) – Dominique “Dom” Calata, a SWAT officer for Pierce County Sherriff’s Office in Washington, died from gunshot wounds after a team mission on March 15. Officers from the team assisted the South Sound Gang Task Force in executing a high-risk arrest warrant for Jeremy Dayton. The suspect was known to be dangerous and classified as a three-strikes felon.
The arrest warrant was for a second-degree assault charge, which could have put him away for life if convicted. Dayton had a long rap sheet with multiple felonies and a violent history. When officers approached his vehicle, the suspect exited and immediately began firing shots at them.
Deputy Sheriff Dominique Calata of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington succumbed to gunshot wounds while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. He served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept for 6 ½ years and is survived by his wife and 4-year-old child. pic.twitter.com/WAm4i1AqD1
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Calata was 35 years old and leaves behind a wife and 4-year-old son. He worked for Pierce County for over six years and was also a US Army veteran.
The suspect also shot SWAT team commander Sergeant Rich Scaniffe. He suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery. While Scaniffe remains in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, doctors expect him to recover fully.
The suspect in the case died at the scene after officers returned fire. The Pierce County Force Investigation Team will review the operation due to the use of deadly force.
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