Wounded Wash. sheriff's sergeant back home; deputy still critical


Associated Press

SEATTLE — Shortly after being released from a hospital on Christmas Eve, one of the two Pierce County sheriff's officers shot in an ambush by a drunken man visited his partner, who is fighting for his life in a Seattle medical center.

A motorcade of police escorts accompanied Sgt. Nick Hausner as he left Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma on Thursday morning and visited Deputy Kent Mundell, who suffered life-threatening injuries and is hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to police and hospital officials.

Monday's shooting marked the third time in less than eight weeks that police officers in Washington state have been shot in the line of duty. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said Mundell remains in critical condition in intensive care. She said his family has been by his side.

Officers from around the region have also provided support at the hospital, keeping a vigil.

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