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Washington Sheriff's Deputy Gunned Down After Police Chase: Officials



A sheriff's deputy in Washington state what gunned down when a traffic stop led to a chase Tuesday night, officials said.

Deputies from Kittitas County, about 90 minutes east of Seattle, were called for a "driving complaint" at about 7:30 pm, according to the Kittitas County sheriff's office.

Kittitas, the Sheriff's office said: "When the suspect is refused to stop.

Kittitas County sheriff's deputy and Kittitas police officer, sheriff's office said.

A sheriff's deputy was shot and pronounced dead at Kittitas Valley Hospital. The deputy's name was not released.

 PHOTO: The body of a Kittitas County sheriff's deputy is draped with a U.S. Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital, March 20, 2019, in Ellensburg, Wash. Ted S. Warren / AP
The body of a Kittitas County sheriff's deputy is draped with a U.S. Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital, March 20, 2019, in Ellensburg, Wash.

The Kittitas police officer was shot and airlifted to Seattle Harborview Medical Center, officials said.

The suspect, who was shot, is being treated at a local hospital,

The sheriff's office did not release the conditions of the police officer or suspect.

The shooting led to an outpouring of sympathy from law enforcement departments throughout the state and country.

Thirteen law enforcement officers died in gun-related incidents this year – down from 18 over the same period last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.


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