Washington state deputy shot and killed by road rage suspect

SPOKANE, Wash. — A sheriff’s deputy was killed in central Washington state and a police officer was shot and wounded after they exchanged gunfire with a road-rage suspect, authorities said Wednesday.

The events unfolded Tuesday evening when the two officers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle after authorities received a complaint about the motorist’s driving, said Ellensburg Police Chief Ken Wade.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was chased by police until the driver stopped the car near the town of Kittitas. He got out and exchanged gunfire with the sheriff’s deputy and the police officer, Wade said.

‘‘It was reported as a road-rage type event, with erratic driving on the part of the suspect,’’ said Wade.


Sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was killed and Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez, 22, was shot in the leg and suffered a shattered femur, Wade said.

The suspect died at a hospital and Wade said authorities were still trying to identify him. Authorities did not provide information about how many times he was shot and Wade said he did not know how many shots were fired overall by the officers and the suspect.

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