Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson, EOW 03/19/2019

We regret to inform you of the line of duty death of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson, on March 19, 2019.

The memorial service for Deputy Thompson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Nicholson Pavilion, 715 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd., on the Central Washington University Campus in Ellensburg, Washington.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the community, friends, family, and co-workers of Deputy Thompson, may he rest in peace.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department issued the following press release:

“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.”

Kittitas Officer Benito Chavez was wounded in the shooting and is currently recovering. We pray for his swift and complete healing.


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