A 29-year-old Pierce County sheriff’s deputy died tonight, less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery for injuries he suffered during an on-duty assault.
Roughly 50 off-duty deputies responded to Shandon Wright’s South Hill home after hearing that paramedics had been called to check on the man's condition about 7:30 p.m.
“They worked on him as hard as they could but he passed away,” said department spokesman Ed Troyer. “This is a duty-related death. Everybody’s shocked at what happened.”
The off-duty deputies escorted Wright’s body to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The deputy was home with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when he began having trouble breathing.
Details on the assault that caused the deputy’s injury – a dislocated shoulder - were not immediately available. Wright underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday.
The Sheriff's Department will conduct a death investigation, said Troyer, which could include charges against the person who assaulted Wright.
Sheriff Paul Pastor said Wright has been with the department for five years