Slain Wash. deputy, wounded officer identified

The 42-year-old deputy was married with three children

Duty Death: Deputy Ryan Thompson - [Ellensburg, Washington]

End of Service: 03/19/2019

Associated Press

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Authorities have identified a Washington state sheriff's deputy who was killed and police officer who was wounded in a shootout during an attempted traffic stop.

Authorities said Wednesday that Kittitas County sheriff's Deputy Ryan Thompson was killed near the central city of Ellensburg. The 42-year-old was married with three children.

Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez was shot in the leg and underwent surgery at a Seattle hospital. Officials say the 22-year-old is married and his wife is pregnant.

The suspect was shot and later died at a hospital. His identity hasn't been released.

Ellensburg Police Chief Ken Wade says the officers were responding to reports of a road rage incident when they were shot.


PRESS RELEASE 3/20/2019 Last night’s officer-involved shooting claimed the life of Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy Ryan...

Posted by Kittitas County Sheriff on Wednesday, March 20, 2019


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