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Gig Harbor man pushed from cliff, seriously injured at King County park

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm with 11 Comments »
July 30, 2010 2:12 pm

A 25-year-old Gig Harbor man was seriously injured last weekend when someone pushed him off a cliff and he bounced off some rocks before landing in the Green River.

Justin Billups suffered serious back injuries. Two rods and several screws were inserted into his back during a surgery at Valley Medical Center, the King County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday. He also has a broken foot and heel.

Now, the King County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information about the incident at Kanasket-Palmer State Park to come forward.

Billups and a friend had been at the park Sunday afternoon. About 4:15 p.m., they noticed people were jumping from a 20-to 25-foot cliff to the river below.

Billups and his friend followed a trail to the top. The friend jumped off, deputies reported.

“The victim hesitated and somebody behind him said, ‘don’t be a p***y, just jump,'” a press release states. “Then he felt two hands on his shoulders from behind and he was pushed off the cliff.”

Deputies have not yet located or identified that person.

Billups hit the rocks, then bounced into the river. Bystanders rescued him, deputies reported.

Sheriff’s detectives want to talk to anyone who saw what happen. Tipsters are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

A donation account has been set up to help pay for Billups’ medical bills. Contributions can be made to the Justin P. Billups Donation Fund at any KeyBank.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. Kevindot1 says:

    Wow, that is MESSED up! I hope they find the person that pushed him.

  2. brett987654321 says:

    The guy that did it needs to come forward now and face his punishment. This will haunt him his whole life. How scary and awful for the victim.

  3. Man that is messed up, I hope they find the person as well. This poor guy going thru this, thank goodness he survived. And I know the cliff where this happened, it’s pretty scary already. Maybe 10 years back a kid jumped off the cloif into the water and died. I hope you make a FULL recovery.

  4. He should be charged with attempted murder and NEVER be able to own firearms EVER again!

  5. makeWAred says:


    As ugly as this event was, you need a chill pill.

  6. makeWAred says:


    You may think you are a good neighbor, a good friend, and a solid member of the community, but unless you were just joking or being a troll, you are none of those things.

  7. He who hesitates…

    I’m glad I’m an old geezer and don’t feel the need to put myself in these situations, anymore. You can’t tell young people anything, though.

    The moral of the story is: If you’re going up to jump… jump or get off the cliff. That’s oddly reminiscent of another little one-liner that pertains to something we do after eating.

  8. yabetchya says:

    This is so.. young manish. Stupid yes, the kitty reference proves it.

  9. Alaska47 says:

    Pete and Repeat?

  10. skippythedog says:

    this story’s a week old….

  11. justin_yorbum says:

    “The moral of the story is: If you’re going up to jump… jump or get off the cliff.”

    Don’t blame the victim.

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