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Tag: Rainier shooting


24-year-old with military experience suspected in shooting death of Rainier ranger

From the Associated Press:

Police say they’ve identified a “strong person of interest” in the fatal New Year’s Day shooting of a Mount Rainier Park National Park ranger. Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes is believed to have military experience and possess skills to survive in the wild. Troyer says the man’s vehicle was recovered, which had weapons and body armor.Police are still searching the park for a gunman who authorities say shot 34-year-old Margaret Anderson about 11 a.m.Troyer says armored vehicles were being brought in to remove about 100 people who are hunkered down

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Fire chief who worked with Rainier shooting victim called Margaret Anderson “a professional.”




I spoke with Pierce County Fire Department 23 Fire Chief Garry Olson this afternoon shortly after his friend, Mount Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson, was shot and killed while working at the park.

“She was a very pleasant lady and she worked hard,” Olson said.

Olson said his fire department worked regularly with the National Park. They do about 25 transports from the park each year, he said.

Anderson coordinated a mass causality incident in 2010 that involved various departments in Pierce County as well the national park.

“Those are very complicated,” Olson said. “And it went

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