Police officer wounded in firefight was a Douglas County deputy in 1970s, 1980s
BREMERTON, Wash. - A former Douglas County Sheriff's deputy who now serves as a police officers in Washington state was shot and injured in a firefight with a violent suspect early Sunday.
Officer Kent Mayfield's family released a statement saying, in part, "Dad is our hero."
Mayfield remains hospitalized after suffering two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. He is expected to recover.
Mayfield has 42 years of experience as an officer - the last 27 years with the Bremerton Police Department.
Before joining the force there in 1990, Mayfield worked for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Oregon in the 1970s and 1980s. He worked out of Roseburg, Diamond Lake and Reedsport as a deputy.
Mayfield and Officer Allan McComas were shot in a firefight with a suspect. McComas was hit in the waist; he was released from the hospital Sunday and is now recovering at home.
Both officers are on administrative assignment pending the completion of the investigation into the shooting, in accordance with standard procedure.
Police released the name of the man who was killed. He has been identified as Willie Floyd McCord, 52, of Bremerton.
The two officers were shot and wounded early Sunday after they approached the suspect, who was in the driver's seat of an SUV. He was believed to have violated a domestic violence protection order.
The suspect emerged from his SUV and opened fire with two pistols. The officers took cover behind squad cars, which were also hit.
Despite their wounds, the officers returned fire and killed the gunman.
The family of Officer Mayfield released the following statement:
We are so grateful for all the incredible people who have shown so much love and support to our family during this difficult time.
From the other Bremerton Police & Fire personnel on the scene, to the medical staff, to the community at large ... all we can say is thank you.
Dad is our hero. He was our hero long before this happened, and he will remain our hero forever. Dad is both courageous and kind. He is at the same time strong and sensitive. He touches people’s lives and makes them better wherever he goes.
He has dedicated his career to public safety, and he does it with a humble demeanor that belies the true grit he has long carried.
If there is anything Dad wishes might come from all of this, it is simply that you will hug your own loved ones just a little bit longer and tell them how much they mean to you.
We are thankful we can continue hugging him and that he is expected to make a full recovery.