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. tokin


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

      Hey – wats wrong with detaining Americans without due process rights? Don't you know those are only for foreign born terrorists! What are you, some kind of right wing nut?

      January 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FRED

    bye bye

    January 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hillary

    As a woman, I also blame conservatives for this slaying. They teach all their followers to hate women.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BHS

      you poor misguided soul

      January 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Curious

    Is that the white version of a crazy looking black man?

    January 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hillary

    Actually, on second look, the "person of interest" is certainly of interest to me! I'm sure we can overlook any misdeeds he may have "allegedly" done. We all make mistakes.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ed

    Why can't military pick up on these guys that are unstable ? they train them, send them to war, teach them wepons etc. and spend a lot of time around them. Guess military is getting as dumb as our president Oboma.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriotic

      Ed you are dumb if you continue to blame the President of the US. Get a life!

      January 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Today is

    And 150,000,000 U.S. Gun owners did nothing illegal today.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatislife

      more like 15 million

      January 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Am I missing where he was in the armed forces? I didn't see that in either article...where does it say that?
    I'm not trying to be a smart ass here; I really didn't see that...

    January 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trigger

      Yep.... Iraq war vet. With PTSD supposedly. Shame our Vets can't get the help they need. But in no way an excuse for this kind of thing. He had to be mentally unstable to begin with.

      January 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. _______

    Tragic story.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |

    ptsd.. i dont belive in it... cause it never existed till the gulf war..
    and my dad didn't get anyhelp from anyone when he came back from nam all messed up..

    January 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shablap

      It has always existed but had different names, even WW2 vets admit they had it, called it she'll shocked.
      Getting it covered by the government or VA is another thing altogether.
      Sorry for your dads misfortune.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bryan


    January 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. .gung hoe

    A unarmed public is owned by the gov they live under!Also just why do you think other countries are scared to attack the usIts because they know that not only would they have to fight our military but a armed public also!

    January 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    who wrote this anyway? what does a volcano have to do with anything??? should seattle be evacuated?

    January 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Shell shocked.
    That's the phrase I was looking for...I couldn't remember it.

    January 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hugh Jass©

    "body may be person of interest" ....

    Sorry our mistake, this body is a person we are not interested in. Move along.

    January 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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