Community to honor fallen Kittitas Co. deputy at public memorial
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The community will join together Thursday to honor a Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office deputy killed in the line of duty.
Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was shot and killed while responding to a driving complaint on March 19. The sheriff’s office received the complaint and minutes later attempted to stop the driver. The driver took off and a police chase ensued.
The suspect car stopped and the driver started to exchange gunfire with Deputy Thompson and a Kittitas Police Department officer. Deputy Thompson was shot and later died at Kittitas Valley Hospital.
The driver was later identified as 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro. U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcment said Flores Del Toro was living in the county illegally. Flores Del Toro was shot and later died at the hospital.
The responding Kittitas Police Department officer was also injured in the shooting. Benito Kellen Chaves, 22, is still recovering, but was released from the hospital.
The public memorial will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Nicholson Pavilion at Central Washington University, where Thompson graduated.
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