Fallen Kittitas Co. deputy was a husband, father of three
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their own, killed in the line of duty.
Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, died from a gunshot wound on Tuesday night, according to Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
” This officer was a great officer, well-liked and highly motivated, ” said Sheriff Dana. ” This has impacted the entire sheriff’s office quite a bit. ”
Thompson leaves behind a wife and three kids. Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez, 22, was also shot and is currently being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He underwent surgery Wednesday morning for a shattered femur.
Around 7:37 p.m. on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office received a complaint of erratic driving in the Badger Pocket area of Kittitas County. The deputies attempted to stop the suspected driver but they took off, resulting in a police chase.
Once the car came to a stop, the suspect came out of the car and started to exchange gunfire with Deputy Thompson and Officer Chavez. The suspect was also shot and was sent to Kittitas Valley Hospital but later died.
” This has a tremendous impact on our law enforcement community, not just locally but across the country, ” said Ellensburg police chief Ken Wade.
Investigators have completed their on scene investigation, but it will take weeks, possibly months to finalize. Autopsies for Thompson and the suspect will be conducted.
Kittitas County Sheriff Dana said his office hasn’t had a fatal officer-involved shooting in 92 years.