Officer Kristine Marie Fairbanks

Officer Kristine Marie Fairbanks

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kristine Marie Fairbanks

Officer Kristine Fairbanks was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Forest Service Road 2880, just past the Dungeness Forks campground off Palo Alto Road on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. She had radioed the Washington State Patrol dispatch that she would be checking on a van with no license plates at 2:40 pm.

When dispatchers were unable to reach her, troopers were dispatched to check on her and found her suffering from a single gunshot wound. Her canine partner had not been released from her patrol vehicle and was uninjured.

The suspect fled the scene and later murdered a man while stealing his truck. At approximately 9:30 pm, he encountered two Clallam County deputies at a convenience store and was killed in the ensuing shootout.

Officer Fairbanks had served with the United States Forest Service for 22 years. She is survived by her husband and 15-year-old daughter.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 1346

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious vehicle

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Hi Kris, I'm so sorry I missed your funeral, wasn't my idea. You were an awesome K9 officer. When we met as two cops, recently moved to a seriously rural beat, I was so happy to be doing an entry on a warrant with such an outstanding cop.

You are one of the best cops I've ever known. Thank you for your service.

Retired Deputy Brian Post
Former Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy

October 13, 2018

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