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- Mar. 24, 2020 -
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Washington State Patrol Patch
Resided: WA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Mar. 24, 2020
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 28 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Washington State Patrol
210 11th Ave SE  121
Olympia, WA   98501   USA
(360)596-4000
County: Thurston
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Trooper
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Veh
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 646
On The Job: 7 years
Bio: A Adna High School graduate, Trooper Schaffer earned a criminal justice degree at Centralia College before going to work for WSP in the property management division in 2013. He went on to become a K-9 handler in 2018 after assuming a number of other positions, then was assigned to Chehalis in December 2018.

Survived by:
Sandra - Wife
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: William D. Thompson / Male - 39 years old
  
Location:   Chehalis, WA   USA   Tue. Mar. 24, 2020
Summary: Trooper Justin Schaffer was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks during a vehicle pursuit along I-5 in Chehalis.

The suspect(Thompson) was driving the vehicle and had stolen an item from a convenience store in Lacey the previous day. The man had threatened the clerk with a stun gun and threatened to run him over. Thurston County deputies spotted the truck the following day and attempted to stop it in Maytown. The vehicle fled into Lewis County with deputies pursuing it.

Trooper Schaffer was struck by the subject as he attempted to deploy stop sticks near mile marker 79. After Schaffer was struck, the pursuit continued for approximately three more miles where Thompson attempted to exit on an offramp near mile marker 76 and crashed into a light pole.

A standoff between Thompson and law enforcement ensued, and after several phone calls and a tear gas being deployed into the vehicle, law enforcement was able to get Thompson to exit the vehicle and be detained peacefully

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   Please accept my condolences for your loss. Your husband was a very brave man and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Andrea Solberg . . . Mar. 31, 2020
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