Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Alexander McCartney was shot and killed during a foot chase late Sunday as he responded to a home invasion in the Frederickson area, about 45 miles south of Seattle.
One of the burglary suspects, identified as a white male, also died during the confrontation with the officer.
Governor Jay Inslee issued a statement on the death of Deputy McCartney Monday.
McCartney was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma where he died.
The responding deputy encountered two burglary suspects, the department said. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie and is believed to be armed.
Deputies were doing a K-9 track in the area and closed 176th Street East to 200th Street East, and 38th Avenue East to Canyon Road East.
The sheriff's office asked anyone with information about the shooting to come forward, and a nearby school district canceled classes in what it described as an abundance of caution. His bravery is is echoed across Washington every day, as our law enforcement officers run towards the danger in service of making Washington a safer place.
McCartney served on the USS Abraham Lincoln from February 25, 2004, through October 6, 2008.
McCartney enlisted in the Navy in 2002 after graduating Loyalton High School in Loyalton, California.
CrossFit Yelm, where McCartney worked out, organized a fundraiser for his family, aiming to raise $10,000. That deputy was a three-year veteran of the force and was a father of three young boys. "Our hearts are breaking with all of you during this time".