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Alleged gunman who killed Kittitas deputy was in U.S. illegally

ELLENSBURG, Washington – The man accused of shooting and killing Kittitas Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, a native of Walla Walla, is an illegal alien.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tanya Roman said Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, 29, is a Mexican citizen who entered the country on a temporary worker’s visa in 2014 and did not extend his visa after it expired.

ICE has no record of him ever leaving the U.S. and explained he entered the U.S. on April 11, 2014 through a Laredo, Texas Land Port of Entry on a Temporary Agricultural Worker visa.

According to investigators, on Tuesday, at approximately 7:37 p.m. the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a driving complaint in the Badger Pocket area of Kittitas County.

At 7:42 p.m., deputies attempted to stop a vehicle related to the driving complaint. Flores failed to stop, resulting in a pursuit into the City of Kittitas.

The vehicle came to a stop at the end of Pierce Street in Kittitas. Flores exited the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with Thompson and Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez. Thompson sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at Kittitas Valley Hospital (KVH).

Chavez suffered a gunshot wound and has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Additional responding officers arrived on scene. Flores was also shot and was transported to KVH.  The Ellensburg Police confirmed Flores later died.


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