WSP trooper shot in line of duty in Walla Walla

According to the WSP, the police officer was shot in the face during a traffic stop and then drove himself to the hospital. The suspect was arrested.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – A Washington State Patrol Trooper is in stable condition after he was shot while trying to apprehend a suspect in Walla Walla.

WSP has now identified the Trooper as Trooper Dean Atkinson Jr.

According to preliminary information from WSP, Trooper Atkinson was shot in the face. The policeman is said to have driven himself to the hospital. He was treated at Providence Medical Center in Walla Walla and then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

WSP has now released new information about the shooting and the suspect.

On Thursday, September 22, Walla Walla area police officers responded to a call from a police officer who was shot dead on W. Poplar Street near Avery.

While officers worked to secure the crime scene and gather evidence, police officers from Milton-Freewater, Oregon, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the shooting. After a brief pursuit, officers were able to stop the vehicle on Highway 125 north of Stateline Road.

Officers arrested Brandon Dennis O’Neel, 37, and took him to the Walla Walla County Jail.

Statement from WSP chief John R. Batiste:

“Tonight we were once again reminded of just how dangerous the law enforcement profession can be when one of our Soldiers was involved in a critical incident while on duty in Walla Walla. We were reminded of that too how strong and determined our people can be when Trooper Dean Atkinson, although badly injured, found the strength to drive himself to the hospital. Trooper Atkinson is a five-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol and I am both relieved and happy to report that he is now in stable condition.

Let me thank you for the broad public support. I’m sure Trooper Atkinson and his family, and indeed every man and woman in law enforcement in our state, appreciate and will appreciate this. While there is certainly danger and cruelty in our world, there is also courage and graceand for that we are as grateful as for the service and survival of this fine young soldier.”

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