Ranger killed in Mount Rainier Nat'l Park shooting


Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Washington — A Mount Rainier National Park ranger died in a shooting Sunday following a routine traffic stop, and authorities closed the 368-square-mile park in Washington state as they searched for the gunman, a park spokeswoman said.

The ranger was identified as 34-year-old Margaret Anderson. She had set up a vehicle as a roadblock on a park road just before the shooting, which happened at about 11 a.m. near the Longmire Ranger Station in the southwestern part of the park, Taylor said.

The Longmire station, in the southwest corner of the park, served as headquarters when the national park was established in 1899. Park headquarters have moved but the site still contains a museum, a hotel, restaurant and gift shop, which are open year-round.

The Washington state Patrol and Pierce County Sheriff's Department were helping with the investigation.

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