Ellensburg PD gives new details about murder of Kittitas Co. Deputy Ryan Thompson
KITTITAS, Wash. — The Ellensburg Police Department has released new details after completing their investigation on the murder of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson.
On the day of the shooting, Mar. 19, Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro threatened to shoot a woman and her child before leaving in her vehicle, investigators said.
Based on witness statements, Flores Del Toro said he was on his way another address to shoot a different woman. Police described both women as “acquaintances.”
At 7:35 p.m., someone called to report a driving complaint in the area of Moe Road. Police later learned that Flores Del Toro was the subject of the complaint.
Police did not know Flores Del Toro had made any threats to kill earlier in the day because the victim did not report him over fear of retaliation.
A short time later, Deputy Thompson tried to pull over Flores Del Toro for the driving complaint, and the suspect fled, resulting in a chase.
Several other officers jointed the chase, including Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez, as the chase entered the city of Kittitas.
The suspect drove to a mobile home park in the area of North Pierce Street before abruptly coming to a stop, getting out of the car and firing at officers, fatally shooting Deputy Thompson and seriously injuring Officer Chavez.
Deputy Jason Goeman instantly returned fire, shooting and killing Flores Del Toro.
“The senseless murder of Deputy Thompson affected Kittitas County in two ways. It reminded our community that violent crimes still exist in Kittitas County, and that we are a community that comes together to take care of each other during tragedies. The love and support for the Thompson and Chavez families, and the first responders was truly appreciated. Although the investigation is over, the overwhelming feeling of loss remains.” Ellensburg Police Chief Ken Wade.