It was a time for our state to mourn. Last week, a Washington State Patrol trooper shot in the line of duty was laid to rest. While most of us could not be along the processional route when Trooper Tony Radulescu was brought to his final resting place, many grieved across the state. Now, the chief of the Washington State Patrol is saying thank you.
Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed in late February by a man he stopped for a traffic violation. It happened on a dark highway near the Kitsap County town of Gorst. The man who killed Trooper Radulescu shot and killed himself a few hours later as the SWAT team was closing in. Radulescu's death was the first trooper death in the line of duty in 13 years. Tuesday, WSP Chief John Batiste sent a letter to media outlets across the state, hoping to pass on his department's thanks for the support during this diffucult time.
Here is that letter:
The Washington State Patrol would like to thank all the wonderful people of Washington who showed their compassion and care following the tragic death Trooper Tony Radulescu.