Kittitas, WA – A Kittitas County deputy and a Kittitas police officer were shot in the line of duty on Tuesday night.
The incident began at approximately 7:37 p.m., when the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) received a driving complaint in the Badger Pocket area, the agency said in a press release.
Deputies spotted the suspect vehicle at approximately 7:42 p.m., and attempted to pull the driver over.
The suspect refused to stop, and led deputies on a pursuit into Kittitas.
When the driver reached the end of Pierce Street, he got out of the vehicle and opened fire on the deputy and city officer chasing after him.
"I just heard all the sirens and saw all the commotion over there and I thought they had it handled,” a witness told KING. “I heard gunshots – like five pops.”
The deputy and officer returned fire, and all three were shot during the gun battle that ensued, the KCSO said.
The Kittitas County deputy was rushed to Kittitas Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The wounded Kittitas police officer was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed in satisfactory condition on Wednesday morning, KIRO reported.
The unnamed suspect was transported to Kittitas Valley hospital, where he later died, Ellensburg police said.
The identities of the deputy, officer, and suspect have not been released.
There are no other suspects at large, the KCSO tweeted on Tuesday night.
The Ellensburg Police Department will conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation at the request of the KCSO, according to the agency’s press release.
A multiagency press conference is scheduled to take place in Ellensburg at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
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