Memorial to slain Pierce County Assemblyman underway

Pallbearers selected by the family carry the coffin of Pierce County Deputy Sheriff Dom Calata Friday, March 25, 2022 in the celebration of the life ceremony at the Church For All Nations in Parkland, Washington AP)

Pallbearers selected by the family carry the coffin of Pierce County Deputy Sheriff Dom Calata Friday, March 25, 2022 in the celebration of the life ceremony at the Church For All Nations in Parkland, Washington AP)

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A memorial for slain Pierce County Rep. Dominique “Dom” Calata was underway in Tacoma on Friday.

Calata, 35, was shot dead last week during a SWAT operation in which Sgt. Rich Scaniffe was shot and wounded.

A procession began Friday morning at the Washington State Fairgrounds and followed a route that ended at the Church for All Nations in Parkland. A memorial service began at about 1 p.m. in the church.

The South Sound Gang Task Force was serving a March 16 arrest warrant for second-degree assault on Jeremy Dayton, 40. The task force had reached out to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team for help, according to Wendy Haddow, because Dayton was earlier on felony charges had been convicted. a spokesman for the Tacoma Police Department, which is assisting in the investigation.

Gunfire was exchanged between Dayton and law enforcement during the operation, Haddow said. Calata and Scaniffe were shot. Dayton was killed at the scene.

Calata worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for more than six years and was assigned to the Edgewood Police Department’s Patrol Division. He was also a US Army veteran and served in the National Guard for the past seven years.

Calata was married and had a 4-year-old child.

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