One traffic stop ended up being the last one for a Washington state sheriff’s deputy. After pulling over the person, the driver went ballistic with road rage and fatally shot the sheriff’s deputy. And now ICE has come forward to say that the man who killed the police officer was in the United States of America illegally. This has made the family of the victim even more outraged because the man could have been stopped at the border.
Because of the nature of the incident, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent an email to Fox News describing how the sheriff’s deputy was killed by a man in the country without proper documentation.
The ICE agent was spokeswoman Tanya Roman. She wrote about how Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, who is a 29-year-old Mexican citizen, entered the United States legally through the border at Laredo, Texas back in April 2014, after obtaining a temporary agricultural worker visa.
After his visa expired, Roman did not have any documentation as to whether he left the country or got it renewed. While that is possible, Roman made it clear to Fox that this was not likely to have happened.
Meanwhile, local police officers are investigating. They found that Flores Del Toro had made a home in Ellensburg, Washington, which is a college town of about 20,000 residents. Ellensburg is about 100 miles outside of Seattle and is an area of very rich land for the agricultural industry.
The killing happened when 42-year-old Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson and 22-year-old police officer Benito Chavez pulled Flores Del Toro over during a routine traffic stop. His vehicle had been reported, and a complaint had been issued.
When Thompson and Chavez approached Flores Del Toro’s vehicle, he immediately opened fire on the officers. This happened after the cops had given him a brief pursuit. He was not going to go easy.
Because Flores Del Toro opened fire on the police officers, they had to return it. He was shot by officers. He did not die at the scene of the crime but was taken to the Kittitas Valley Hospital, where he did die a short time later.
In response to the police officer deaths, Ellensburg Police Captain Dan Hansberry had said that Flores Del Toro had a clean record. There were no arrest warrants out for him. Officers did not know why he was trying to flee the pursuing police vehicles. If he really was an undocumented immigrant, then that might explain some things given the contentious issue in these modern times.
In the past, police had “limited contacts with him,” however Captain Hansberry described those incidents with Flores Del Toro as “nothing of real significance.” He was not someone they ever expected to pull a gun on a police officer and die in a shootout on the roadside.
Thompson is survived by a widow and his three children. He was the first police officer in Kittitas County to be killed for 92 years.
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