[3/20/19] Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed – Press Release
Press Release from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office:
Last night’s officer-involved shooting claimed the life of Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy
Ryan Thompson. Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez was wounded in the shooting and
is currently at Harborview Medical Center.
Deputy Thompson was 42 years old. He was born and raised in Walla Walla and graduated
from Central Washington University. He started his career as a reserve deputy in 2004 and
served as a corrections officer prior to becoming a police officer with Central Washington
University Police Department in 2007.
He returned to the Sheriff’s Office in December 2013, where he proudly served the
citizens of this county.
He was a great officer and family man. He leaves behind a wife and three children. Our
hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Officer Chavez, 22, started his career with Kittitas Police Department in July 2018 and
graduated the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in January 2019.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the responding officers, EMS, and all the
Our community has a heavy heart today. Last night we lost one of our finest.