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Wash. trooper shot, killed in traffic stop

Washington state trooper found shot to death after traffic stop By The Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) ' A Washington state trooper has been found shot to death following a traffic stop early Thursday.

State Patrol spokesman Monte Simpson says the shooting occurred just outside the Kitsap County town of Gorst shortly before 1 a.m.

He says a suspect the suspect is still at large.

Simpson, a communications manager, says the shooting occurred along Highway 16, about 10 miles southwest of Bremerton.

He says the trooper stopped a vehicle and radioed in its license number.

But when the trooper didn't check back with headquarters after several minutes, another officer was sent to the scene and found the wounded trooper.

Simpson says the officer was rushed to a hospital where he died.

He declined to release any details about the suspect, the suspect vehicle, or further information about the trooper.

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