Deputy dies day after surgery from duty-related injury

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Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Shandon Wright
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A 29-year-old Pierce County deputy died Thursday night while recovering from surgery related to an on-duty injury, officials said.

Paramedics were called to Deputy Shandon Wright's South Hill home Thursday evening after his family reported Wright was having trouble breathing, said Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Wright went into cardiac arrest and medics worked for an hour to try to revive the deputy, but were unsuccessful.

"Today we lost an excellent young Deputy, Shandon Wright," Troyer said. "He served with us for only five years but he served this community with strength and intelligence and heart."

Dozens of deputies helped escort Wright's body to the Pierce County Medical Examiner's office.

The deputy had surgery on Wednesday to repair a dislocated shoulder he suffered while attempting to arrest a violent offender, Troyer said, adding that there was a chase and a crash during the incident.

"(Wright) and his partner were able to break the driver's window and drag the driver from the car before he could hurt or kill anybody, and during that process he was severely injured," Troyer said.

Troyer did not say when that incident occurred.

Wright is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

"This young man's life revolved around his family and his sense of duty to the community. We honor him and we will miss him terribly," Troyer said.

Troyer says the Pierce County Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.