Road Rage Suspect Kills Washington State Deputy in Gun Fight

Road Rage Suspect Kills Washington State Deputy in Gun Fight

Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez was shot in the leg and underwent surgery at a Seattle hospital.

Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was killed on Tuesday evening in Kittitas County in central Washington, after a auto pursuit ended in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect, who also died. The suspect failed to stop, leading to a pursuit in Kittitas - a city about 115 miles southeast of Seattle.

There, the vehicle stopped at the end of Pierce Street at 7:45 p.m. and in less than three minutes, the suspect had gotten out of the auto and fired at the deputy and police officer, according to the Sheriff's Office.

An officer, driving with a deputy, attempted to pull over a vehicle related to a driving complaint.

The Kittitas officer was also shot and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he was in satisfactory condition as of Wednesday morning.

The suspect was also shot amid the gunfire and takento KVH to be treated for his injury. He got out and exchanged gunfire with the sheriff's deputy and the police officer, Wade said. The deputy was fatally wounded and was later pronounced dead at Kittitas Valley Hospital, the sheriff's office said.

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Authorities will release more details at a press conference at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Kittitas Valley Event Center.

This is a developing story.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Juan Toro of Ellensburg was chased by police until the driver stopped the vehicle near the town of Kittitas.

The suspect died at a hospital.

One of the officers was shot in the chest and the other was shot in an extremity, while the suspect was shot in the head. To ensure funds are deposited into the correct account, please provide the teller with the name of the fund or indicate it on the memo line of the mailed check. Any excess funds after the funeral service will be released to Deputy Thompson's wife.

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