Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson was shot and killed Tuesday night. (Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
A road rage suspect who investigators say shot and killed a Washington state sheriff’s deputy wounded and the police earlier this week was in the U.S. illegally, federal authorities said Thursday.
In an e-mail to Fox News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Tanya Roman said the 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, a Mexican citizen, entered the U.S. in Laredo, Texas, in April 2014 on a temporary agricultural worker visa.
Roman said ICE had no record of him leaving the United States, or the renewal of his visa after it expired.
The local police said Flores Del Toro lived in Ellensburg, a city of 20,000 inhabitants 100 miles east of Seattle in the agriculture rich central Washington.
Investigators say that Flores Del Toro fatally shot 42-year-old Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounded 22-year-old Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez Tuesday evening after they tried to stop his vehicle after a driving complaint. He is allegedly arise out of his car and opened fire on the agents after a brief chase.
The suspect was later shot and killed by officers who returned the fire, and was pronounced dead a short time later at Kittitas Valley Hospital.
Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said there were no warrants pending for his arrest, and the officers do not know why he fled from the attempt to stop.
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The police in the past “had limited contacts with him,” but Hansberry described them as “nothing of real significance”, without further details.
Thompson was married with three children and is the first law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in Kittitas County since 1927.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.