Sunday, January 01, 2012

Ranger killed at Mount Rainier National Park

A 34-year-old Park Ranger was shot and killed today at 11:00 PT during a traffic stop in Mount Rainier National Park.

The New Year's Day tragedy took the life of Margaret Anderson who had been a park ranger for four years. The mother of two young daughters, Anderson's husband, also a ranger, was on duty in the park at the time of the shooting.

A release from the National Park Service provided more information:
The suspect had been stopped by another officer near the Paradise Ranger Station, but fled before being stopped again by Ranger Anderson. The suspect opened fire, fatally striking Ranger Anderson.

After being shot, Ranger Anderson radioed for help as the suspect fled on foot. Officers attempting to reach Ranger Anderson were held at bay for approximately three hours as the suspect continued to fire on them.
Fox News reported that the gunman was still at large.

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