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Wash. deputy dies after surgery for on-duty shoulder injury

Was at home recovering from surgery with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when he began having trouble breathing

Duty Death: Deputy Sheriff Shandon Wright - [Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington]


Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A sheriff's spokesman says a 29-year-old deputy from Tacoma has died less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery for a dislocated shoulder he suffered in an on-duty assault.

Spokesman Ed Troyer called Shandon Wright's death Thursday night "a duty-related death" and said fellow officers were shocked.

About 50 off-duty Pierce County deputies went to Wright's home after hearing paramedics had been called. The News Tribune says the off-duty deputies then escorted his body to the medical examiner's office.

Troyer says Wright was home with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when he began having trouble breathing. Wright underwent surgery Wednesday for a shoulder dislocated in the assault.

Details of the assault weren't immediately available.

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