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Officer Down: Washington State Patrol Trooper Killed After Being Struck In Pursuit

CHEHALIS, WA – The Washington State Patrol confirmed a 28-year-old Trooper was killed on Tuesday after being hit by a car during a pursuit in Chehalis.

Authorities said Tuesday evening Trooper Justin Schaffer was attempting to deploy spike strips during a pursuit when the suspect struck him with a car. Trooper Schaffer was transported to a hospital where he later died.

Trooper Justin Schaffer

The collision occurred on southbound I-5 near Chamber Way. The pursuit continued for several miles until the suspect crashed into a light pole. The suspect later surrendered to police and was arrested.

39-year-old William D. Thompson was being chased for a robbery that occurred earlier in the week. Investigators say Thompson now faces charges of vehicular homicide.

No other Troopers were injured during the pursuit.

Trooper Justin Schaffer was a seven year officer and was most recently assigned as a K9 officer. Schaffer is survived by his wife, mother, father, brother and K9 partner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Schaffer’s family, department, and community.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Trooper Justin R. Schaffer #646, who died in the line of duty…

Posted by Washington State Patrol on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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