High-Risk Arrest Leads to Death of SWAT Team Member

High-Risk Arrest Leads to Death of SWAT Team Member

(NewsReady.com) – The American justice system is definitely not perfect. It’s based on the idea that people can be rehabilitated, but sometimes that means a dangerous criminal is let back out on the street. That’s what happened in Washington State, and now a community is in mourning.

On Tuesday, March 15, the Pierce County Sheriff SWAT team conducted a high-risk arrest warrant on 40-year-old Jeremy Dayton after the South Sound Gang Task Force asked for help. The suspect had multiple felony convictions and police knew he was dangerous. Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer told the press that deputies spotted the suspect in a stolen car and pulled him over just before noon.

Dayton allegedly exited the vehicle and began shooting at officers, hitting two members of the SWAT team. Police fired back and killed the suspect. The injured officers were rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, but 35-year-old Dominique “Dom” Calata died from his injuries.

Calata, a military veteran, wasn’t just a hero in life; he was one in death, too. The fallen deputy was an organ donor, and he saved the lives of other people with his final selfless act.

Deputy Calata is survived by his wife and young son. Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers set up a Legacy Fund that will benefit his family. You can donate here.

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