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Batiste to remain at helm of WSP

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste will keep his badge over the objections of troopers.

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said today he will re-appoint Batiste today, citing the chief's extensive law enforcement experience and record of results at the helm of the 2,400 person agency.

“Chief Batiste has demonstrated the kind of results-oriented leadership that I believe every agency in the state needs,” Inslee said in prepared remarks. “He has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and I know he will continue to improve an already outstanding agency.”

Earlier this month, the labor union representing state troopers urged Inslee to replace Batiste.

Also today, Inslee said he will keep Corrections Secretary Bernard Warner in charge of the state's prions.

WSP chief denies accidental shooting rumors

The chief of Washington State Patrol said Tuesday he has no reason to believe last week’s shooting of an unarmed pregnant woman in Spokane was accidental.

“I don’t have anything to lead me to believe that,” Chief John Batiste said Tuesday during an interview with The Spokesman-Review editorial board.

The possibility that the Friday shooting by WSP Sgt. Lee Slemp during a drug raid in Spokane was accidental has been reported by Spokane television station KXLY this week, which cited unnamed sources.

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