Press Release


Slain and Wounded Officers’ Family Support Identified

Kittitas County, WA - 03/20/2019 - ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Donation accounts have been created at US Bank to help the families of the two Kittitas officers involved in yesterday’s shooting that claimed the life of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounded Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez.

People may make donations to US Bank to any of these three accounts:

  • Thompson Memorial Fund
  • Thompson Family Fund
  • Chavez Family Fund
Donations may be made in person or a check may be mailed to any US Bank branch. To ensure funds are deposited into the correct account, please provide the teller with the name of the fund or indicate it on the memo line of the mailed check.

Family funds are for family expenses while the memorial fund is for funeral expenses. Any excess funds after the funeral service will be released to Deputy Thompson’s wife.

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Contact: Jill Beedle, Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office