January 7, 2012 in Region

Mount Rainier reopens after fatal ranger shooting

Associated Press
 

SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly a week after an Iraq War veteran shot dead a park ranger on New Year’s Day, Mount Rainier National Park has reopened to the public.

Saturday’s somber reopening will be followed with a candle light vigil in nearby Eatonville on Sunday for Margaret Anderson, who was killed by 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes.

Authorities say Barnes fled to the park after a shooting the night before left four injured. He drove his vehicle through a check point and when Anderson tried to stop him, he sprayed her vehicle with bullets.

A manhunt on the mountain ensued, trapping some visitors inside. Barnes was found dead in a creek the following day. An autopsy said he drowned.

Anderson, 34, left behind two children and her husband, also a ranger at the park.

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