Body found is suspect in Mount Rainier shooting, police say
Police confirmed Monday that a body found in the snow is Benjamin Colton Barnes, the suspect in two shootings in Washington.
January 2nd, 2012
02:47 PM ET

Body found is suspect in Mount Rainier shooting, police say

[6:28 p.m. ET]:  National park officials said Monday afternoon that the man found dead in Mount Rainier National Park is Benjamin Colton Barnes, the man suspected of shooting and killing park ranger Margaret Anderson the previous day.

Washington authorities had said there was a strong probability that a male body found in the snow Monday is the person of interest wanted in the shooting death of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County, Washington, Sheriff's office said it would take several hours before authorities could confirm the identification.

The discovery came after a manhunt in snow-covered and wooded terrain for the man, whom authorities had sought for questioning in the fatal New Year's Day shooting of park ranger Margaret Anderson.

The bloodshed began with what the spokesman called "a normal traffic stop" around 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET) Sunday. But the suspect didn't heed a request to pull over, prompting a ranger to radio ahead requesting assistance.

Anderson, 34, responded to that call and set up her patrol vehicle as a roadblock.

"When he (the shooter) arrived at that spot, he got out (of his car) and fatally shot her," said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Lee Taylor.

The suspect then ran into the spacious national park, whose border is about 50 miles southeast of Seattle. The park - the centerpiece being the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier, which is considered an active volcano - comprises 235,625 acres in the Cascade Range.

The man was also wanted in connection with a shooting Sunday in the Seattle suburb of Skyway that left four people wounded, CNN affiliates reported, citing the King County Sheriff's Department.

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  1. Pete/Ark

    O.K. long answer : nothing says he was a vet(combat or otherwise),the pictures show him with civilian-accessable weapons...and based on 13 years as a professional disability advocate for veterans I assure you PTSD does not always (or frequently)result in violence. Most of the comments on this topic are out of line with reality. I have little regard for ignorance...less for predjudicial willfull ignorance.

    January 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I have little regard for your little regard.

      January 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • u.s. war veteran

      Nancy, there is no sensible excuse for the actions of this young man but TODAY You use adjectives such Freak, Crazed, Maniac but if he had DIED in Service of YOU would've been FAKING TEARS FOR A FALLEN HERO!!!!! Just maybe your RHETORIC should be reserved before YOU should question his PARENTS PRIDE OR BEFORE YOU AND YOUR GUEST DECIDE TO TAKE PTSD LIGHTLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SERVED OUR GREAT COUNTRY AND NOW WE SUFFER MANY MENTAL CONDITIONS THAT SOME ARE NOT ABLE TO HANDLE!!!! I REALLY FEEL FOR THAT YOUNG MOTHER AND HER FAMILY BUT HOW DARE YOU PRETEND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE HAVE SUFFERED AND HOW THE AFFECTS OF DEATH, DESTRUCTION AND WAR HAVE INVADED OUR EVERYDAY LIVES OR HOW IT WILL MANIFEST ITSELF THROUGH A TRIGGER THAT MAY SEEM SO MINOR OR TRIVIAL.SHOW SOME SENSITIVITY TO THE REST OF US VETERANS WHO CONTINUE TO BATTLE PTSD AND OTHER PSYCHIATRIC ISSUES THAT CAN TAKE A VETERAN FROM MILD TO PSYCHOTIC WITHOUT ANY WARNING OR PROVOCATION!

      January 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zakynthos

    What do we expect when we send children to war and damage their minds? This is an example of why America needs to stop glorifyiing act of war and war. Jesus said if you live by the sword you will die by the sword.

    January 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • StompOnFlowers

      He died by hypothermia, not by a sword.

      January 3, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. bigwilliestyles

    Gotta love those 'Northwest Imperative' types, huh? "This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is for war, this is for fun."

    January 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david, USN RET (SS)

    The services and the VA need to provide more help for the returning service personnel.

    January 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert, USA & LE RET

      The current crop of Veterans represent only 0.45% of the population. That population doesn't have a clue about continued combat deployments, IEDs, PTSD, no civilian jobs and a whole host of other problems that our military as been subjected to. Then, we have the "Miss" Park Ranger who is not your typical Police Officer who deals with the hardened criminal elements of society. The complying Park community, she policed, was seldom a real threat, so she became complacent and didn't follow proper proceedure. It's a shame she was murdered. The "PC" system sets up a lot of these events and then everyone, not in the know, act stupid and suprised when these type of events happen. Both of these people are victims.

      January 3, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    CNN dug into this guy's background & reported in their morning broadcast that he was a vet, a proper 'Rambo' at that.
    PTDS does have manifestations. The terrorist who wanted to blow up MLK Day parade was a war vet too.

    January 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bigwilliestyles

    "There were no obvious signs of death, other than being on a mountain all night in freezing weather and in water..." Darwinism wins again.

    January 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LucaB

    My sympathies to all involved, especially the three children. (No matter what you think about the killer, his child didn't do anything wrong.)

    I have a question. Does anyone know why they roadblocked in the first place? This happened about a mile from the deadend of about a 30-mile deadend, Seems like they could have coordinated a better response up at Paradise (the deadend). At that point I don't think they knew he was wanted for the Skyway shooting – I think they were just chasing him becaise he wouldn't stop to let them look to see if his tires were fit for the snow.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tbaycam

    So I have read over the past many years of inumerable cases of innocent people being gunned down all over the USA. I have also, of course read the many comments from those defending the right to bear arms.
    Usuallly this includes something like "guns don't kill people do" or "we must have the ability to defend ourselves" and other such comments.
    What I have not seen – i do not think I have ever seen – is a story about Joe or Sally Citizen using his or her "legally owned gun to successfully defend him or herself". This includes stories where many many people were present and surely one of them would have a weapon and the knowhow????
    Or is the truth of the matter that, short of real training in the military or the police the average Joe or Sally has no concept on how to react to a real attack and the proliferation of guns as a means of personal defence is a farce – a deadly farce.
    Just saying.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrustEverythingYouRead

      Here's a disturbing thought for you – maybe your news sources aren't reporting it. You know "this news has been sanitized for your preconceptions".

      Fact: The FBI tracks the number of times private citizens use a gun in a justifiable homicide. Every year the number is in the hundreds of times.

      Just because you don't read about it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Rutkowski

    Well, he was no Rambo that's for sure. The Government sends kids to war raised on idiotic "American Hero" action movies and this is what you get. A poor young man, who doesn't get any help from the Government or the Vet after he came back with PTSD. Now just wait for the rest of the 85K soldiers returning from IRAQ... it will get even more sad.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 1608

    This is one sithead the state won't have to feed.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • indepvot

      Unlike you, who never served your country or did anything for anyone, you remain sitting on your pompous a zz, enjoying the govt handouts you line up for.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. larry

    A lesson for all of you forest rangers: you are not the police. Forest rangers should not even be allowed to wear a firearm, and when they want to play police man and run up against a real criminal or dangerous person, this becomes all too real. Play with fire, you get burned. Tend to the wildlife and leave the police work to the professionals.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • *

      A lesson for you larry. Grow a brain. Most rangers are law enforcement officers and are trained as such.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DowlingRoad

      U.S. Park Rangers in the National Park Service are commissioned officers trained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. NPS Rangers are the U.S. Park Police that protect the White House. Unfortunately, crime and criminals do not stop at the borders of the nation's parks; NPS Rangers don't just handle poachers and lost hikers – they deal with pot growers, drug runners, escaped convicts, high-risk traffic stops, rescues in literally every kind of terrain and weather, and every other kind of dangerous situation urban police face, and they do it with professionalism and great competence. And like any soldier praised for his or her sacrifice for the American people, these rangers put their lives at hazard to protect the public day in and day out. And no, they don't receive some outrageous salary for what they do. This woman was serving America for love of its people, its history, its culture, and its natural treasures, and the loss of her is the Nation's loss. Your ignorance shames you, sir.

      January 3, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Larry, Forest Rangers are familiar with the terrain; most police are not.
    He was in the park.
    Who were they going to call? Ghostbusters?
    Way to demean this woman's life into "hey, you shouldn't have answered the call."

    January 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LT JOE HIGGIN

    I BLAME ON THE MUSLIM BRAIN WASHED HIM..
    ACCORDING TO HIS NEIGHBOR, HE HAS BEEN CONVERTING TO THIS RELIGION RECENTLY.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Obvious troll is obvious, me138.

    January 3, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mercyme

    Prayers go out to the officer's family. Prayers go out to our vets and service members. My father served as a pilot in the Navy, my daughter served two tours in Iraq as combat medic and was too awfully busy. The family has lost a loved one...that is all that matters. Excuses and blame game will not comfort the family. Perhaps a little kindness would be in order.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
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