Slain Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy wrestled for North Idaho College

March 23, 2019

The Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy killed in a shootout this week spent two years on the wrestling team at North Idaho College.

Ryan Thompson wrestled for NIC from 1996 to 1998, a school spokesman confirmed Friday.

According to KHQ, Thompson was originally from Walla Walla, where he played for his high school’s football team. He later attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

Thompson, 42, was killed Tuesday evening in the small town of Kittitas, about 5 miles from Ellensburg, after a road rage suspect got out of his vehicle and opened fire on the deputy with a handgun.

A Kittitas city police officer, Benito Chavez, 22, was shot in the leg and hospitalized in satisfactory condition.

The suspect, Juan Manuel Flores del Toro, 29, was a citizen of Mexico who entered the United States legally in 2014 but overstayed his agricultural worker visa, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.