The Kittitas County Sheriff has identified the deputy killed in an early morning car chase and shootout.
42-year-old Deputy Ryan Thompson was killed in the line of duty trying to pull over a suspect. He had been at the Sheriff’s Office since 2013.
Deputy Thompson leaves behind a wife and three kids.
A Kittitas police was also hit and injured by a bullet. He’s is being treated at the local hospital.
Heartfelt messages of prayers are pouring in from Washington law enforcement agencies all over the state after a Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a shootout with a suspect.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy tried to pull the driver over after he had received a complaint from dispatch.
The driver refused to pull over and got into a high-speed chase.
Eventually, the driver stopped, pulled out a gun, and began firing at the deputy.
The deputy was fatally shot.
A responding Kittitas Police Officer was also there during the shootout.
A powerful moment tonight as the fallen Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy was escorted from the hospital by fellow law enforcement. Many saluting in tribute as the flag-draped gurney passed. @KING5Seattle pic.twitter.com/pWUCJloz7G
— Michael Crowe (@MichaelReports) March 20, 2019
He was able to hit the suspect.
The suspect is now in the hospital.
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