A vigil was reportedly held Monday night at the Pierce County sheriff’s South Hill precinct for deputy Kent Mundell, who died Monday evening.
Mundell was mortally wounded Dec. 21 after he responded to a domestic violence call with a fellow officer.
Mundell is the sixth police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the Puget Sound in the past two months. Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was gunned down Oct. 31 while sitting in a patrol car, going over a traffic stop with another officer. Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards were killed Nov. 29 as they sat in a Parkland coffee shop preparing for the beginning of their shift.
Mundell is the fifth Pierce County sheriff’s deputy to be killed in the line of duty in the department’s history. The other four were:
• Deputy John Bananola, who was killed Oct. 16, 1995, during a drug raid.
• Deputy Kenneth Moran, who died Oct. 6, 1978, as he warned Parkland residents to take cover because bank robbers were in the area. Moran was shot by robbers later branded the “Parkland Seven.”
• Deputies Arthur Varco and Lawrence Bunce, who were killed Nov. 23, 1941, in a fiery crash at South 11th Street and Pacific Avenue. Tacoma police officers Paul Trent and Marty Joyce also were killed in the crash.
A reader heard the information about Mundell’s death put out over the scanner: “Information to all law enforcement: County 423 is out of service.”