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Suspect in WA trooper death dies; was ex-con

Suspect in killing of Wash. state trooper dies; was ex-con with history of antagonizing police By The Associated Press

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) ' A suspect in the shooting death of a Washington state trooper has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday afternoon that the man had passed away after being taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

The suspect was 28-year-old Joshua Jearl Blake, an ex-con with a history of drugs, assaulting the mother of one of his children, and kicking out the window of a police car. Blake was the registered owner of a pickup truck that Trooper Tony Radulescu pulled over just before he was shot to death early Thursday.

Investigators tracked Blake to a home near Port Orchard where he shot himself as a SWAT team closed in.

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