Trooper Justin Robert Schaffer

Trooper Justin Robert Schaffer

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Justin Robert Schaffer

Trooper Justin Schaffer was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks during a vehicle pursuit along I-5 in Chehalis.

The suspect driving the vehicle had stolen an item from a convenience store in Lacey the previous day. The man had threatened the clerk with a stun gun and threatened to run him over. Thurston County deputies spotted the truck the following day and attempted to stop it in Maytown. The vehicle fled into Lewis County with deputies pursuing it.

Trooper Schaffer was struck by the subject as he attempted to deploy stop sticks near mile marker 79. The man continued to flee until stopping and barricading himself inside his vehicle several miles later. He was taken into custody by Thurston County deputies.

Trooper Schaffer had served with the Washington State Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 646

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender In custody

larceny, spike strips, vehicle pursuit

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Thank you for your service and sacrifice. A true hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Joshua 1:9 - "This is my command- be strong and courageous ! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Cadet Andrea Jimenez
Escondido Police Department

June 5, 2023

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