As Kittitas Co. prepares for deputy’s funeral, new ‘sanctuary’ bill advances

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    As Washington’s Kittitas County prepares for a memorial service this Thursday for slain Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson by a man who was in this country illegally, Mercer Island Democrat State Sen. Lisa Wellman is getting some brickbats, because her bill to expand the state’s sanctuary rules is advancing in Olympia.

    A memorial service for Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson is scheduled Thursday.

    According to KING 5 News, the Seattle-based NBC affiliate, the memorial will be held at Central Washington University, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Nicholson Pavilion.

    Thompson was fatally wounded in a shootout with a man identified as Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro. Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez, who was wounded in the shooting, was released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Saturday.

    Del Toro was also fatally wounded. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told reporters last week that he had overstayed his work visa, which he obtained when he crossed the border at Laredo, Texas in 2014. It still hasn’t been determined why he opened fire as officers pursued him for what was originally a road rage report.

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