ICE Announces Suspect in Killing of Washington Deputy is an Illegal Immigrant


Federal authorities confirmed the suspect who has been accused of shooting and killing a Washington state sheriff’s deputy and wounding a police officer earlier this week was in the U.S. illegally.

In a statement to KOMO, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, entered the U.S. on a temporary agricultural worker visa in 2014.

“Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, a citizen of Mexico, was unlawfully present in the United States,” the statement read. “He entered the U.S. on April 11, 2014, through a Laredo, Texas, Land Port of Entry on a Temporary Agricultural Worker (H-2A) visa.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has no record of Flores Del Toro leaving the U.S., nor extending his visa after it expired.”

Flores Del Toro allegedly got into a gun battle with law enforcement officers, including 42-year-old Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson and 22-year-old Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez on Tuesday night.

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Thompson was responding to a reported incident of road rage along interstate I-90, about 100 miles east of Seattle, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The suspect fled, eventually exiting the highway into the town of Kittitas.

Flores Del Toro came to a stop in the town, where he emerged from the car and engaged in a gunfight with the officers, according to Fox News.

Thompson was shot and killed, and Chavez received a gunshot wound to the leg.

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Officers shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the Kittitas Valley Hospital.

Fox News reported, “Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said there were no warrants pending for his arrest, and officers do not know why he fled the attempted stop.”

KQNT captured the moment that Thompson’s body was escorted to a funeral home in Ellensburg earlier this week.

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Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana said at a news conference on Wednesday that Thompson had been on the force since 2013, having served in law enforcement in various capacities for 15 years.

The last fatal shooting of an officer from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office happened 60 years ago, according to Dana.

“He was a great officer and family man,” the sheriff said of Thompson. “He leaves behind a wife, Sarah, and three children, Madison, Pepper and Archer.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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