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Massive manhunt after ranger slain at Rainier
Seattle Times ^ | 1/1/2012 | Mike Carter, Craig Welch, Steve Miletich and Jack Broom

Posted on 01/02/2012 10:54:47 AM PST by An American!

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, a mother of two who was married to another ranger at the park, was shot about 10:30 a.m. Sunday after setting up a roadblock to stop a car that was fleeing another officer.

A man who was being sought in the shooting of four people at a New Year's party in South King County early Sunday is suspected in the fatal shooting of a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park later in the morning.

....Searchers flew over the park Sunday night in a plane with infrared equipment that picks up signs of body heat.

Meanwhile, a tactical team was trying to track the assailant through nearly 2 feet of fresh snow as temperatures fell. More than 100 law-enforcement officers from the National Park Service, FBI, Pierce County and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife were on the scene.

"We believe we have a good track on him," Troyer said. "But he's way out ahead of us." The gunman's tracks went into creeks and other waterways, making it more difficult for crews to follow. "He's intentionally trying to get out of the snow," Troyer said....

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: banglist; manhunt; officerdown; parkranger; rainier; ranier; shooting; wa
Sad day for Park Rangers. It is horrible when someone dies in the line of duty.
1 posted on 01/02/2012 10:54:54 AM PST by An American!
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To: An American!

They would be wise to back of and not push this man, weather over time will drive him out or kill him. He is a combat vet and has mental problems.


2 posted on 01/02/2012 10:59:52 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: An American!
I have contacted the Seattle Times and other local media asking them to please VERIFY the military history of this punk. Far too often, the press automatically attributes PTSD to people when a closer examination of their background shows little or no combat history. This guy looks like an angry wanna-be and I'd like to know his real background.

That said, prayers for the family and safety for the officers who are on the search!

3 posted on 01/02/2012 11:00:39 AM PST by VikingMom (I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future!)
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To: An American!

BreakingNews
Suspect in the slaying of Mt Rainier park ranger has been found dead, via reporter for Seattle’s King5 - @joegryer bit.ly/tx0c8C
10 minutes ago


4 posted on 01/02/2012 11:01:18 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: org.whodat

JUST IN: The shooter was found dead in a ditch. No word yet if it was self-inflicted or otherwise.


5 posted on 01/02/2012 11:01:42 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."-Frank Zappa)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Thanks for the update. Waiting for them to I.D. this guy and detail his military background.


6 posted on 01/02/2012 11:03:38 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: An American!

Park rangers and game wardens have always struck me as terribly vulnerable. Important jobs that take a special kind of confidence and dedication.


7 posted on 01/02/2012 11:06:46 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: lonevoice

Benjamin Colton Bsrnes age 24.

www.king5.com


8 posted on 01/02/2012 11:12:47 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: Berlin_Freeper; hoagy62

Local Fox News radio feed just reported they’re still searching for the suspect, who has now been identified as Benjamin Barns (sp? could be Barnes?).


9 posted on 01/02/2012 11:14:26 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: An American!

Find him. Kill him. Make it hurt!


10 posted on 01/02/2012 11:15:26 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: RitchieAprile
Thanks!

Benjamin Colton Barnes

2009 - DUI 2011 - two restraining orders filed against him by the mother of his one-year-old child. In November, a court ruled that he could only have two supervised visits a week with his daughter until he completed a domestic violence and mental health investigation.

The restraining orders indicate that Barnes is National Guard member or Reservist.

11 posted on 01/02/2012 11:19:44 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: An American!

Yes, very horrible, and her husband also is a ranger. Park Rangers should have better tactical training since they seem to be on patrol alone most times.


12 posted on 01/02/2012 11:23:13 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

Are park rangers armed? Why is god’s name would this women go after a nut like this. Let him go and call the state police.


13 posted on 01/02/2012 11:25:31 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: angcat

They are armed, they’re like regular cops.


14 posted on 01/02/2012 11:31:05 AM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: NakedRampage

He was no match for her. I hate to say it but this is a mans job.


15 posted on 01/02/2012 11:43:42 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: angcat

>>>He was no match for her. I hate to say it but this is a mans job.

Any male, unarmed park ranger would be just as dead.


16 posted on 01/02/2012 11:47:33 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (No Mit Sherlock. No Mit, not now, not ever. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: angcat

Word was he blew through a chain-up roadblock, then turned around and came back at her. Shot into her SUV several times. She never had a chance. She didn’t go after him...he went after her.


17 posted on 01/02/2012 11:49:18 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."-Frank Zappa)
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To: angcat

it is a man’s job, for sure. I took a couple of first aid etc courses taught by park rangers. Some of the stuff they do is pretty intense (drug indictment, water rescue, convict hunting). The ranger really had some interesting stories.


18 posted on 01/02/2012 11:56:08 AM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: Psalm 144

All of them are armed. Many are hard asses. Our DNR people up here milk the power they have for every iota they’ve got.


19 posted on 01/02/2012 11:56:20 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

“All of them are armed. Many are hard asses.”

I don’t doubt that. I can’t see any other types being attracted to the job. The lack of immediate backup, the requisite degree of self confidence and self initiative are what set this apart from most (not all) law enforcement and military tasks though, or look like it from an outsider’s perspective.


20 posted on 01/02/2012 12:14:02 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144

Well, what you lsit may be attributes needed for such a job, but it doesn’t endear you to the public. Far too many folks I know have had encounters with em that lasted awhile with the guy trying to find anything out of order in order to cite them for something.

It’s that kind of mentality that makes people hate government. For example, in Lake Michigan you don’t dare release even one gallon of water waste from your boat, you will get fined into the thousands and be made out to be the biggest eco criminal and polluter around. yet the Milwaukee Metro Sewer District anytime it rains a little hard, despite wasting 4 billion on a deep tunnel holding tank project, dumps hundreds of millions of gallons of partially and untreated sewage out into the lake, and they never get a single fine.

This is the hypocrisy we deal with with the DNR and their (some, not all) maniacal wardens.


21 posted on 01/02/2012 12:44:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: angcat
He was no match for her. I hate to say it but this is a mans job.

"Anderson drove to an area known as Barn Flats, about a mile or so south of Paradise, and used her cruiser to block the road.
When the fleeing car approached, according to Taylor, the driver stopped. "He just jumped out and shot her," Taylor said."

Hmmm...hard to follow your logic on how a male would have fared any better in this scenario? When a bad guy starts firing immediately, your pretty much in trouble, male or female. Especially if the bad guy is a good shot and shooting a shotgun...
"She was shot when the driver apparently stepped out of the vehicle with a shotgun and opened fire."
A standard 00 buck shell holds 7-9 pellets that are about .32 caliber. No fun being on the receiving end...male or female.
22 posted on 01/02/2012 1:44:20 PM PST by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: An American!

Yes I see that now. I read the story now. I usually speak before I know the facts. :)


23 posted on 01/02/2012 2:18:04 PM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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