2 Washington SWAT officers shot serving high-risk warrant, dead suspect identified

Jeremy Dayton, 40, shot and killed by officers in Spanaway, was wanted for felony assault

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Two SWAT deputies shot in Washington Tuesday have been identified, as well as a suspect killed during the shootout. 

Deputies tried to arrest 40-year-old Jeremy Dayton for felony assault around noon at a mobile home park in Spanaway, but shots were fired. Two deputies were injured, and Dayton was shot and killed.

Suspect identified as Jeremy Dayton after 2 SWAT officers shot in Spanaway, Washington. 

Suspect identified as Jeremy Dayton after 2 SWAT officers shot in Spanaway, Washington.  (FOX 13 Seattle)

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The two deputies have been identified as 35-year-old Deputy Dominique "Dom" Calata and 45-year-old Sgt. Richard "Rich" Scaniffe. They were rushed to a hospital, where Scaniffe underwent surgery for serious injuries but is expected to survive, FOX 13 Seattle reports.

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Calata is reportedly gravely injured. "We should prepare for the worst," Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer said of Calata during a media briefing Tuesday.

Calata has been with the department a total of seven years, SWAT for four of them. He has a wife and a young son. 

Scaniffe has been with the department for just over 20 years, with 14 of them spent with the SWAT team. He has an elementary school-aged daughter. 

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Troyer believes the suspect involved was a "three-strikes" candidate who had a felony warrant for assault with a firearm. He reportedly got out of a car and opened fire on deputies when they were trying to arrest him, Troyer said. 

"We knew he was dangerous and that’s why we used a small contingent of our SWAT team. We do that so other people don’t get hurt," Troyer said.