It has been revealed that the Washington state sheriff’s deputy who was murdered on Tuesday while on duty was killed by a man who was in the U.S. illegally, reports Fox News.
Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was shot and killed on Tuesday after responding to a driving complaint. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed in an email to Fox News on Thursday that the suspect, 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, was residing in the U.S. illegally on an expired temporary agricultural worker visa.
He also shot and wounded 22-year-old Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez. Officers returned fire and Flores Del Toro was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to Fox News,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Tanya Roman said 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, a Mexican citizen, entered the U.S. at Laredo, Texas, in April 2014 on a temporary agricultural worker visa
Roman said ICE had no record of him leaving the United States or extending his visa after it expired.
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.
Police in the past ‘had limited contacts with him,’ but Hansberry described them as ‘nothing of real significance’ without providing further details.
[Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy] Thompson was married with three children and is the first law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in Kittitas County since 1927.
The news comes as the situation at the border continues to worsen and U.S. Border Patrol turn to catch-and-release because neither their facilities nor ICE can take on more migrants.