A sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty and a police officer was injured Tuesday night while exchanging gunfire with a suspect in the state of Washington, authorities said in a press release.
The officers, in response to a driving complaint, tried to stop a vehicle at 7:42 pm, the release said. The suspect did not stop, leading to a chase in Kittitas – a city about 115 miles southeast of Seattle.
The vehicle eventually came to a stop on the end of a street. The suspect out of the car and opened fire on the agents, who by this point were supported by a back-up to the release said.
A Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy was shot and rushed to Kittitas Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the press release. A Kittitas police officer suffered a gunshot and was airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. His condition was not immediately clear.
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The defendant was also a shot in the middle of the gunfire and takento KVH to be treated for his injury. The authorities said that they will not release the names of the officers until their families are notified. The Kittitas County Sheriff’s office has requested that the Ellensburg Police Department to take over the investigation, the release said.
Governments will be more details at a press conference at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Kittitas Valley Event Center.
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