Tragic news: US Forest Service Ranger Shot, Killed

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Tragic news: US Forest Service Ranger Shot, Killed

Post by Grannyhiker » September 20th, 2008, 7:27 pm

http://www.komonews.com/news/28702349.html
SEQUIM, Wash. - A U.S. Forest Service officer was shot and killed on the Olympic Peninsula Saturday afternoon while on duty after reporting a suspicious van, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Now law enforcement officials are on the lookout for a gray or red Dodge van with no license plates.

Troopers say Kristine Fairbanks, a 15-year veteran of the Forest Service, was working on Forest Road 2880, off Palo Alto Road, near Sequim when she radioed the Washington State Patrol at about 2:40 p.m. to report a suspicious van and to ask for information.

When the State Patrol radioed back, they received no response. Troopers were immediately dispatched to the scene, located about five miles inside the Olympic National Forest.

When troopers arrived, they found Fairbanks dead from a gunshot wound. The van was nowhere in sight. Sheriff's deputies say Fairbanks had a K-9 unit with her at the time of the shooting.
We don't tend to think of forest rangers as law enforcement officers, but these days their lives are on the line all the time.

May she rest in peace. May the Lord comfort her family and friends. And may whoever did this be speedily arrested.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.--E.Abbey

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Re: Tragic news: US Forest Service Ranger Shot, Killed

Post by Grannyhiker » September 20th, 2008, 10:25 pm

Update on this tragic story:
http://www.komonews.com/news/28702349.html
SEQUIM, Wash. - A U.S. Forest Service officer was shot and killed on the Olympic Peninsula Saturday afternoon while on duty after reporting a suspicious van, and the suspected gunman was killed in a shootout hours later....

...The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Shawn Matthew Roe.

State Patrol spokeswoman Krista D. Hedstrom said that Roe walked into a gas station convenience store shortly after two troopers stopped there to leave a flyer with Roe's picture.

"Minutes after (the troopers) walked out of the door, our suspect walked in and he saw his flyer on the counter," Hedstrom said.

"He walked out of the store and it just so happened that there were two Clallam County deputies who were coming to the store."

Roe was hit in an exchange of gunfire with deputies and died at the scene, Hedstrom said. No one else was injured.
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." Kristine lay down her life trying to protect us from this scum.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.--E.Abbey

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Re: Tragic news: US Forest Service Ranger Shot, Killed

Post by Aimless » September 21st, 2008, 9:18 am

Even though justice was served, and quickly, it cannot undo the sadness of the crime. I, too, pray for the survivors of the unfortunate ranger. May they find strength and peace.

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