Park Ranger Margaret A. Anderson

Park Ranger Margaret A. Anderson

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Margaret A. Anderson

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect near the Longmire Ranger Station in Mount Rainier National Park, in Pierce County, Washington, at approximately 10:30 am.

Another park ranger had attempted to stop the suspect at a snow-chain checkpoint near the Paradise Ranger Station, but the suspect fled before being intercepted by Ranger Anderson, who had set up a roadblock. Unbeknownst to Ranger Anderson, the suspect was wanted in connection to a shooting the previous day where four people were wounded.

When the suspect reached Ranger Anderson's roadblock, he made a U-turn, exited his vehicle, and opened fire. Ranger Anderson was shot before she was able to exit her patrol car.

After being shot, Ranger Anderson radioed for help as the suspect fled on foot. Responding units attempting to reach Ranger Anderson were held at bay for approximately 90 minutes as the suspect continued to fire on them. The suspect's vehicle was recovered with additional weapons and body armor inside.

The suspect's body was found the following day about six miles from the initial shooting scene.

Ranger Anderson had served with the National Park Service for 12 years. She is survived by her husband and two young children. Her husband also serves as a park ranger in the park and was on duty at the time.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1074

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Deceased

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As as an outfitter and biologist, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with many fine NPS and NFS rangers. Unfortunately, I do not believe Ranger Anderson was one of them, but the excellence of rangers in general and the story of Ranger Anderson’s selfless sacrifice in particular have stayed with me.

This spring, I have the honor to name a new ( baby) pack llama.
Trust me when I tell you that a baby llama can bring a smile to most anyone’s face; they all prancing legs and batting eyelashes. I wish that all here who serve the public in difficult circumstances and/or came here to grieve could spend some time with this Fluffy, white bundle of joy and be comforted. In lieu of that, I hope the thought of her helps.

This llama will spend her days like her namesake did: helping people. She will be, bringing smiles to lots of faces as she bravely works in our public lands with her friends and family.

(Note: I hope those who knew this fine ranger, and especially her family, find this an appropriate tribute. If not, please use the supplied email to lmk and I will find another way to honor her service...)

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June 7, 2019

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