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. MAES

    Now they can tattoo LOSER onto the jerks forehead.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hillary

    After having only read the above article, I have drawn the following conclusions 1) it's Bush's fault, he caused this 2) we need to de-fund the military and spend that money on useful things, like Stimulus Packages 3) we need to repeal the Second Amendment 4) we need to enact the "Fairness Doctrine" so there is a balance to all the violent speech coming out of talk radio, which clearly, after Bush, and Sarah Palin, inspired this guy to mureder

    January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh


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    • ElmerGantry


      January 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jackson


    January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    that's nuts

    January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trex all those that called this MURDERER a hero or some political patriot............SHAME ON mental health or you too will end uprunning from JUSTICE, face down, in deep snow one day

    January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pacifier

    @ivan ...... Whats wrong with you? This is a good woman that lost her life doing her job! I cant believe you would say something so low, will maybe you could it says something about your up bringing

    January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MzLovely

    My prayers go out to the young woman (park ranger) and her family & for the sorry s.o.b that shot & killed her I pray for his soul he was a lost soul obviously only God can judge him & if it is his body then Gods Will was already done.....

    January 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rich

    Another officer lost to the gun lobby...thanks NRA

    January 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Natas Reficul

    I'm so glad somebody brought up americas availability of firearms. What if he ran her down with his car? Would we cry prohibit automobile ownership? What he he beat her to death with his bare hands? Perhaps pass legislation against em? People kill people you morons

    January 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      with guns. people kill people with guns.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • AP

      Right, because it's easy to kill an armed park ranger sitting in her vehicle with your car or your bare hands. The gun didn't make it 10x easier or anything. Nukes don't kill people, people kill people!

      January 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hillary

    Almost as much violence there as at one and a half OWS protests. Shocking!

    January 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tokin

    Bet it was one of those Occupy thugs. They love wars with the police... Nice to see our police force didnt have to wast ammo on this murdering ass-clown...

    January 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aron

    hahaha very funny story

    January 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hillary

    Oh yeah, my fifth conclusion to the story. We need to re-elect OBAMA in 2012!!!! He'll fix this mess – right after he closes Gitmo

    January 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nathan

    This is another of many examples of death and heartbreak caused by Bush/Cheney and their thugs. These war criminals should be put away for life. Instead, they get rich off of telling lies in their lucrative speaking engagements. The Conservative Cult lap it up. America has indeed gone terribly off-course from its core principles.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hillary

      I couldn't agree more! Charge Bush and Cheney as co-conspiritors in this case!

      January 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tokin

    these folks against gun rights might think different after their FIRST home invasion...

    January 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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