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.

Read the complete story on CNN.com

Post by:
Filed under: Crime • U.S.
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Sherleeka Holmes Sherlock's Lovechild

    daddy! daddy! somebody shot Frosty the Snowman!

    January 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      Sheerleka holmes has a sick sense of humor

      January 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    if he is not already dead then issue orders to shoot on site of person of interest.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greenspam

    But who buried the killer? More investigation needed!

    January 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Newsflash! Snow falls, covering man. Details at 11

      January 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeRowe1525

      was he buried in the snow? or in the dirt? might have been buried from natures weather.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andreas Moser

    I actually find myself far more interesting than this "person of interest".

    January 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reasonable1

    One less tea bagger. The world is a better place.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony Stark

    Oh well.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JJ

    Darwin strikes again. One less a55wipe moron on the planet is a good thing.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    well this sucks.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lee

    Not reported in this story is the fact he shot 5 others at a party earlier that day...... local news reported correctly

    January 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Typical sloppy CNN reporting. That's really too bad he shot all those people.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      actually it was 4 ppl prior to the ranger being shot. 2 of those are in critical condition.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    No one should be making fun of the park ranger who was shot and killed. If above comment about Frosty the snowman is about person if interest, then write better sentences.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. doc

    Too bad he wasn't killed in Iraq...he had to come home to do his carnage on the innocent.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fritz

    I don't get this at all. Did this guy just snap? Realized he screwed up big time with no way out then decided to just cash out? I guess we'll never know.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fairplay99

      Your comment seems logical to me. I found it interesting that this happened at Mt. Rainier, seems he was copy-catting a Rambo plot.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bob

    looks like a good conservative.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lance

    There is a God!

    January 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. truth

    i hope that body is his

    January 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6