GIG HARBOR, Wash. - Deputy Allen Myron had been with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for 11 years and specialized in identity theft prevention. Before that, he worked as an auto parts salesperson. Those who knew him say he was driven mostly by his desire to provide a good life for his family.
Tom Nelson came to the house to see for himself.
"I knew them well enough to think I should be here," he said.
He'd heard from another friend that his old church buddy Allen Myron might be in trouble, so he raced from Olalla to Gig Harbor to stop
Myron from doing something terrible. He was too late.
"Their oldest boy and my oldest boy were best friends and I'm very shocked and surprised by this," he said.
Everyone we spoke with said the same thing. Myron seemed to have the perfect life, married with four children, two of them now adults.
"He was always a great guy, he always took care of his family really well so this is kind of a shock," said family friend Jenny Ervin.
For 11 years, Myron also worked as a deputy out of the Pierce County Peninsula Office. He'd just returned to the force in March, after taking a year–and-a-half off after back surgery.
"We been through a lot our department has been through a lot we really didn't need this," said Senior Chaplain Rick Bulman, who cut his trip to the National Officer Memorial in Washington, D.C. short after hearing the news.
"I need to be where our people are when they're hurting," he said.
Bulman says Myron was a good officer.
Those who knew him from Fox Island Alliance Church say they remember him as a good community member, a loving dad and a good husband.
The chaplain says this tragedy was just another blow for a department going through a tough time right now.