Pierce deputy is 'grave'

A Pierce County sheriff's deputy shot multiple times while responding to an "unwanted guest" call near Eatonville on Monday night remained in critical condition at a Seattle hospital on Wednesday.

Kent Mundell, 44, was on life-support in the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Mundell’s status is “grave.”

“He’s still very, very critical,” Troyer said.

Sgt. Nicholas Hausner, also wounded in the attack, was listed in stable condition at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Troyer said there’s hope that Hausner, 43, could be home for Christmas if he keeps improving.

Law enforcement officers from around the Puget Sound region visited Harborview throughout the day to offer support to Mundell and his family. Others were planning to stand vigil through the night.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor told KIRO-7 Eyewitness News that he visited Mundell’s room and prayed over the deputy on Wednesday. Pastor also asked the public to pray for Mundell, who is known as a gregarious family man.

Mundell and Hausner were shot inside a small house near Tanwax Lake by a drunken man they were trying to escort out of his brother’s home.

David Edward Crable, 35, initially cooperated with the deputies but at one point pulled a handgun from under his shirt and fired as many as 10 rounds at them.

Though hit, Mundell apparently returned fire, killing Crable.

Crime-scene investigators spent Wednesday at the house at 34305 Tanwax Court E., trying to reconstruct the shooting, Troyer said. They used metal detectors to search for bullets and shell casings and took measurements in an effort to determine exactly what happened.

Crable’s 16-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting and tried to help the downed deputies, Troyer said. There were reports Monday night that she dragged Hausner into another room after the shooting started, but that couldn’t be confirmed Wednesday.

“What she did was pretty remarkable,” Troyer said. “She watched her father shoot two of our deputies then be killed himself, but she stepped up and helped our people.”

The girl was staying with relatives this week, Troyer said, and sheriff’s deputies were gathering gifts “to make sure she has as nice a Christmas as possible.”