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

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.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1074

Incident Details

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

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Not a year goes by that I don't pause to reflect upon your passing Margaret. Although our friendship was a scant two years during college at K-State, your impact on me will last a lifetime.
I wept aloud that day for a person I hadn't seen in 15 years, and for all of those that I knew you had touched in your life. Fortunately, we who knew you will always remember that giggle and smile.

Rest well.

Justin Walters - 9th floor, Moore Hall

June 21, 2018

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