UPDATE: State Patrol Identifies Trooper Who Shot Intruder - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: State Patrol Identifies Trooper Who Shot Intruder

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol on Monday identified the trooper who shot and killed an intruder at his South Kitsap home.

Thirty-six-year-old Corporal Jason Blankers is an emergency driving instructor at the Patrol's academy in Shelton. A patrol spokeswoman says Blankers is an 11-year veteran of the State Patrol and has never used deadly force before.

Blankers is on administrative leave, which is routine anytime a trooper uses deadly force, whether on-duty or off-duty.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office is handling the criminal investigation. Once the criminal case is completed, the State Patrol will conduct a review to determine if the use of force followed department guidelines.
      
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