SEATTLE - For the third time in less than eight weeks, police officers in the state have been shot in the line of duty, this time by a man who was drunk and waiting to ambush them as they arrived to remove him from his brother’s home, authorities said yesterday.
David E. Crable, 35, shot two sheriff’s officers Monday night before he was killed in a shoot-out, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Crable had a history of domestic violence and “terrorizing’’ his family, he added.
“He knew the officers were coming; he intentionally hid it, he waited for them to get inside then he opened fire - at least 10 rounds - on both of them,’’ Troyer said.
Many of the deputies who rushed to the rural cabin had investigated the fatal shootings of four Lakewood police officers just three weeks before, he said.
A month earlier, Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton was killed as he sat in his patrol car Halloween night.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Nick Hausner, 43, and Deputy Kent Mundell, 44, were wounded Monday after responding to the domestic disturbance call at the home near the town of Eatonville, in the Cascade foothills about 50 miles south of Seattle.
Hausner was in serious condition at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma and Mundell was in critical condition with life-threatening wounds at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, Troyer said.