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More Sad News for Washington State: Federal Way Officer Down

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    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/88775062.html

    Officer collapses dead after police shooting incident
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    The driver of a stolen car was shot by officers after he rammed three patrol cars early Sunday in Federal Way, and a responding officer later collapsed dead at the scene, police said.
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    Story Published: Mar 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM PDT Story Updated: Mar 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM PDT
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    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The driver of a stolen car was shot by officers after he rammed three patrol cars early Sunday in Federal Way, and a responding officer later collapsed dead at the scene, police said.

    The bizarre incident began when officers were called to check out a suspicious vehicle parked in the 33300 block of 26th Avenue SW at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

    The vehicle, a dark-colored Lincoln SUV, was backed into a spot with two people asleep in the rear. Police blocked it in with spike strips after determining that it was a stolen vehicle.

    Suddenly the two occupants of the vehicle awoke and jumped into the front seat, and the driver started the engine.

    Officers ordered the two suspects to get out of the vehicle, but they ignored the commands, said Federal Way Police Chief Brian J. Wilson.

    The driver put the SUV in gear and rammed a patrol car, then hit a second police car and a third as the suspects fled the scene in the vehicle, Wilson said.

    Two Federal Way officers opened fire as the SUV sped away, hitting the driver in the arm.

    The vehicle was quickly found, parked nearby. The driver was found hiding in the carport of a nearby residence, with a bullet wound to his arm, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

    The driver was identified as a 17-year-old Hispanic male with an extensive criminal history. The other suspect fled from the scene on foot and is still at large.

    As police were investigating the incident in the aftermath of the shooting, Federal Way officers set up a perimeter around the crime scene.

    At about 6:45 a.m., one of the perimeter officers was found collapsed in his patrol car.

    Officers and medics started CPR on the officer, but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at about 7:20 a.m.

    The officer's cause of death is unknown at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

    A preliminarily investigation shows no sign of foul play; however, a comprehensive investigation is under way.

    The officer's identity was not released, but officials said he was 35 years old and was a 4 1/2-year veteran of the Federal Way Police Department.

    The officer also had four years of police experience before coming to Federal Way. He was a member of the Air National Guard, beginning in 1994. He is survived by his wife and two children. Their third child is due in May.

    Officials said the two Federal Way officers who opened fire on the suspects were not hurt. They have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, in accordance with standard procedure.

    One officer was hired in 1999 and has over 12 years of municipal law enforcement experience. The other was hired as an entry-level officer in 2007 and has about 2 1/2 years of law enforcement experience. He is an Army veteran with seven years of military service.

    The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Renton Police Department.
     
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    No question that the Federal Way officer died in the line of duty, during the course of a police investigation. Condolences to his family.
     

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    I am so sick of going to LEO funerals.

    RIP brother.
     
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    Yeah, I hear ya HMTL... Been two this last week here. One a young guy with a heart attack on foot pursuit.



    RIP Sir....
     
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    I'm waiting for words. I believe I served with him when I was Air Guard at the same time.

    Autopsy results are to be released today as well.
     
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    Damn. Heart attack, I expect. So young, too. RIP brother.
     
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    Tragic information brothers and sisters.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011413307_fedwayofficer23m.html


    Officer died from natural causes, according to medical examiner

    The Federal Way officer who collapsed while guarding a crime scene died of natural causes, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office

    By Christine Clarridge

    Seattle Times staff reporter

    The 34-year-old Federal Way police officer who died Sunday morning while guarding a crime scene has been identified as Brian Walsh.

    The King County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and Monday concluded that Walsh died of natural causes: acute cardiac dysrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — and mild to moderate atherosclerosis.

    Federal Way Police Department spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said Walsh joined the department four-and-a-half years ago.

    Schrock said Walsh had a professional history that included four years in another police department and service in the Air National Guard.

    He leaves behind two children and an expectant wife, due to deliver the couple's third child in May, the department said.

    Walsh was working as a perimeter guard while detectives investigated an incident in which two Federal Way officers shot and wounded a suspect in a stolen car, according to police.

    According to police, the shooting incident occurred about 1 a.m. when officers were sent to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the 33300 block of 26th Avenue Southwest in Federal Way.

    Two people were sleeping in the back of an SUV, which police determined had been reported as stolen.

    As officers approached, the driver started the engine and began to leave. As the vehicle drove away, it rammed three Federal Way police cars, prompting two officers to fire at the driver and the vehicle, police said.

    One suspect, a 17-year-old male with an extensive criminal history, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his arm, according to police.

    The second suspect remains at large, according to police.

    No officers were injured in the gunfire, police said.

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    Because the shooting involved Federal Way police, the Renton Police Department was investigating the officer-involved shooting, Schrock said.

    While that was under way on Sunday morning, Federal Way officers were guarding the perimeter, Schrock said.

    Walsh was found collapsed inside his car at around 6:45 a.m. and medics were unable to revive him.

    The two officers who were involved in the shooting have been placed on routine paid administrative leave during the investigation.