Rangers Unidentified in Wash. Park Shooting
The U.S. Park Service is refusing to identify the rangers involved in a campground shooting near Kettle Falls, Wash., earlier this month.
According to the Spokesman-Review, the Washington State Patrol, which is assisting the investigation into the shooting that wounded a man on a houseboat, also is refusing to identify the rangers.
The continuing secrecy comes as public angst over the Sept. 14 shooting at Kettle River Campground appears to be growing. Demonstrators, for example, picketed Wednesday outside a Kettle Falls ranger station where members of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ staff met with park service officials for a previously scheduled tour while friends and relatives of the man shot in the confrontation are publicly accusing the rangers of endangering children and overreacting to a noise complaint.
Although specific details are generally withheld during the investigative portion of a shooting probe, identities of the individuals involved are typically disclosed along with other basic information such as when and where it occurred.
It’s still unclear what prompted rangers to open fire, hitting 43-year-old Casey Hartinger in the ribs. Hartinger was released from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center last week, and while documents indicate he’s being investigated for potential assault charges, he’s not been arrested.
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