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Deputy Sheriff Walter Kent Mundell, Jr. | Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Walter Kent Mundell, Jr.

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Monday, December 28, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 423

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/21/2009

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Killed by return fire

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Deputy Kent Mundell was killed while responding to a domestic violence call in Eatonville.

Deputy Mundell and his sergeant had responded to a house where a man was fighting with his daughter and brother. The deputies had convinced the intoxicated man to leave the house when he produced a previously concealed gun and fired ten rounds at the officers.

Despite being wounded, Deputy Mundell returned fire and killed the subject. The suspect's brother and daughter put themselves at risk to pull the wounded sergeant out of the line of fire by pulling him into another room. Deputy Mundell was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he remained on life support in the intensive care unit until succumbing to his wounds seven days later.

Deputy Mundell had served with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for ten years. He is survived by his wife, 16-year-old daughter, and 10-year-old son.

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As a native of WA I often see the news there and remember when this happened. Thinking of your family as this anniversary passes by... I lost my husband in Iraq in 2006 and understand all too well the grief your family continues to battle each day... May you fill your heart with memories of love and laughter you shared with your hero...

Rest in peace.

Lynn Smith
December 28, 2013


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