Forest Service Officer Killed in Campground
A U.S. Forest Service officer was fatally shot Saturday (Sept. 20) at an Olympic Peninsula campground near Sequim, Wash., 50 miles west of Seattle, the Associated Press reported. The suspected killer died hours later in a shootout with two sheriff’s deputies, the Washington State Patrol said.
Officer Kristine Fairbanks, 51, a canine officer with 15 years in the federal forest service, called the state patrol about 2:40 p.m. to run a check on a man and a van without license plates at the Dungeness Forks campground about five miles inside the Olympic National Forest, state Trooper Krista D. Hedstrom said.
When troopers called back and got no response from Fairbanks, they went to the scene and found her shot to death. Her police dog was unharmed in her vehicle and the van was nowhere in sight.
About 9:30 p.m., the man authorities were seeking in the shooting, 36-year-old Shawn Roe, entered a gasoline station and convenience store near the Seven Cedars Casino on U.S. Highway 101 and encountered two sheriff’s deputies who were involved in the search.
Roe exchanged gunfire with the deputies and died at the scene, Hedstrom said.