The family of slain deputy Daniel McCartney is speaking for the first time. Kory Honea, an uncle of McCartney's widow, read a statement on her behalf.
In part, it said, "Losing Daniel ripped a hole in our lives...The grief that we're experiencing is almost unbearable. However, the support we've received from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and so many members of the law enforcement community in this region as well as many many members of this community has been overwhelming."
Meanwhile, Pierce Co. prosecutors filed charges against two people in the death of McCartney.
Frank William Pawul, 32, and Brenda Kaye Troyer, 52, now face charges of murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree. Pawul is also faces unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. A third suspect, Henry Carden, died at the scene.
A candlelight vigil is scheduled tonight for Daniel McCartney. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Life Center Rainier on 28th Avenue in Tacoma and is open to the public.
McCartney was killed when he responded to a home-invasion robbery Sunday night. Three residents of a home at 20012 45th Ave. Ct. E. near Spanaway.
Investigators say the intruders held three adults and two children hostage with handguns and "bowie" style knives and demanded money. One resident escaped through a window and called 9-1-1 summoning McCartney.
McCartney arrived at approximately 11:33 p.m. and reported that he was pursuing the suspects. Not long after that, he called out, "Shots fired." Deputies found him when they arrived at the scene.
Bail is set at $5 million for Pawul and $2 million for Troyer.
Memorial services are scheduled for Deputy McCartney are scheduled for Wednesday, January 17.